ACADIANA — Military traditions run deep in Acadiana, especially in many families in the area. An Acadiana family takes a special pride in celebrating Veterans Day.
"Every veteran at the beginning of their military career have to go through an oath," veteran Kevin Spain said. "At the beginning of that oath it says I swear to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America. That's important and that's something I never forgot. That's something that every veteran would never forget and there's a code we live by which is honor, commitment and duty to country."
An oath, taken by three generations of the Spain family. Spain, his son and father all served in the military. Spain spent 20 years in the Navy. He says he was influenced by his father.
"I grew up around the military," Spain said. "My father, his name was Paul Spain, he served 21 years in the U.S. Army. I as actually born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is my hometown. At about six months old my mother and I went to go meet my father. The first 13 years of my life was around the military."
Spain's son also served in the military for 3 years. He says the lessons and experience he's gained through the military shaped him into the man he is today.
On this Veterans Day he wants others to know what the day means to him and other veterans.
"It's much more than just a day for people to sit back and have a barbecue," Spain said. "It's more about what veterans have sacrificed for the country and I feel so grateful that I had the opportunity to serve the country."
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