El Pasoans celebrate National Airborne Day

El Pasoans celebrate National Airborne Day
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:39pm

El Pasoans gathered Friday night to recognize all of the region's airmen who have served proudly in the U.S.. military. National Airborne Day is a day designated by Congress to honor the nation's airborne forces. August 16, 1940 marked the first official Army parachute jump.

In El Paso, paratroopers, past and present, gathered to honor the U.S.. Airborne forces who have served our country. "Today we remember all those who are double, triple volunteers. Not only did they volunteer to serve the nation in the Army but they volunteered to be airborne paratroopers and many of them, special forces as well. So they volunteered over and over again and to take on the most dangerous missions. Jump in, light fighters, and take the objective. So they're just amazing individuals, they're so brave," LTC Karen Meeker, Chaplain for the 1st Armored Division told us.

The unit's Bell "Huey" Helicopter was also on display at the event.

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