PLANT CITY, Fla. (FOX 13) - It started with polka and it ended with patriotism. And that’s just the way Jimmy Sturr wanted it.
"I'm such a great believer in veterans and what they've done for our country," Sturr said.
Sturr is a proud American, and a regular at the Florida Strawberry Festival. He’s performed here for four decades, and honored veterans every time, asking them to step forward during a patriotic performance.
"I'm into the veterans,” Sturr continued. “I graduated from one of the military academies, and all of these men and women took time out of their lives so that we can live free today."
For Army veteran Robert Mace, it was humbling, and a great way to honor sacrifice.
"These are regular people like you and I, which based on the situation, they stepped up to the plate and served,” Mace said. “It's just a great thing to see that those guys up there are my brothers and my sisters, who when the time came, they stepped up to the plate and served with me."
Some of these vets served as far back as World War II. We’re losing nearly 400 of them every day.
"I remember when I used to do this, even four or five years ago, there would be 30 or 40 [World War II veterans] that would come up. I remember when I used to do this, I'd call up the World War I veterans,” Sturr said. “Now, I can't even say that, because there's no one left."
Mace says no matter what the conflict, the recognition means everything.
"It's appreciated, when somebody brings the veterans from that long ago to current up on stage and give them their due,” Mace added.