East Texans paid tribute Monday to fallen heroes who died in service to their country during two Memorial Day services.

“A lot of my friends didn’t come home from Vietnam,” veteran Perry Hoff said at Gipson Funeral Home’s annual remembrance service. Hoff served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-73 and spent more than a year in South Vietnam.

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