GEORGETOWN, Texas -- A special 9/11 anniversary event recognized dozens of World War II veterans and Purple Heart recipients.

It's the second celebration honoring the City of Georgetown as the first Purple Heart city in Texas, meaning the city is dedicated to serving veterans.

As part of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, 80 veterans were honored at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City on Friday. A few veterans said they really enjoy events where they can get together and share stories.

There was also a moment of silence to honor everyone who died on 9/11.

The Georgetown High School band played taps and the color guard also attended. A representative read a letter from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thanking the veterans.

In the crowd sat veterans Irene and Ken Gormley.

"This is the man that gave me my name," said Irene Gormley.

The couple met while serving in the Navy in World War 2.

As we mark 70 years since the end of World War II, the Gormley's celebrate 70 years of marriage.

"People in the service are in a group, we've bonded together. We have friends that we've had for 50, 60 years," said Gormley.

At 91 and 96 years old, the two have a special bond with the dozens of other veterans, and know how unique it is for so many to gather together.

"As you get older, we are, they are all disappearing. We don't know how long we'll live and that's something none of us know," said Gormley.

"We usually do this program on 9/11 to give homage to those people who were killed," said Ted Acheson with the Military order of the Purple Heart.

Acheson helped plan the event.

 

"Today is a special day," said Acheson.

Vietnam veteran Don Jones said he's moved by the number of servicemen and women from the greatest generation.

"Oh it's amazing I really think it's great that they all turned out," said Jones.

Tim Timko served in the air force for 28 years.

"It's heart warming," said Timko.

But it's Gormley that may sum up the day of service and remembrance best.

"I think we're lucky to be here," said Gormley.

The Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City has bricks with veterans names. This week they added almost 100 new ones, making a total of 4,001 bricks with veterans names. The veterans don't have to be from Texas, or deceased.