CORPUS CHRISTI - The Purple Heart ceremony was held Saturday at Sherrill Park.
The significance of the Purple Heart is to honor veterans who were wounded in battle and survived.
USMC Purple Heart recipient David Castro told KRIS 6 News, I was a machine gunner and I got shrapnel on my legs and hand."
"We're just making sure that the people who have this medal are honored and not forgotten. There are many others who have it worse than me, added Purple Heart recipient, Joe Garcia.
U.S. Army Purple Heart recipient Siegfredo Berlanga told 6 News, We sacrificed. Some of us more than others. Some of us gave all."
U.S. Army representative Sandy Sanders said the ceremony paid tribute to, "guys who go out there and put that uniform on everyday on the front line for us. It's a very important celebration to remember. It will make you cry. And we need to remember them everyday, of every week of every year. This is what makes America great."
Online Reporter: Rynee Newman