Monday morning, over 100 individuals celebrated Veterans Day at the Fairmount Cemetery, the final resting place for over 1,400 Veterans.
One honorable Vet, Sgt. Wayne Landis, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony as he graced the audience with his ongoing humor.
Connie Gonzalez reports...
In observance of Veterans Day, Sgt. Wayne Landis was invited to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance at the official Veterans Day celebration.
"It warms my heart that people look up to me and respect me. I think the reason people look up to me is that I'm about 6-feet [tall]."
Immediately, the crowd was captivated by this honorable mans enticing humor.
Not that he's counting, but Landis actively served our country in the Army for 8 years 2 months and 15 days.
He says after the 9/11 attacks, it dawned on him that he needed to do something more than a desk job. In 2005, Landis encountered a near death experience after only being in Iraq for four months.
"I tried getting back up, but when the ball of your femur explodes it's pretty impossible to stand up. At least I'm not that tough, not even back then."
Landis says he doesn't recall the doctors telling his family he would survive.
"All the things that helped me recover was the love and support from family and friends...most importantly God. Without Him medical science can't tell you why this guy, who got shot in the head and eventually made it to a medical facility, how he's alive."
Two years later Landis improved remarkably and was able to return home to his wife and twin daughter.
"I'm blessed that what the good Lord has for me left on this earth to do, I'm going to do it or try as hard as I can."
Today, Landis is attending Angelo State University to obtain his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He plans to graduate in the Spring of 2014, and become a fourth grade history teacher.