Bristol, VA. - Bristol veteran Richard Ball was apparently meant to be in the military.
"I was born the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," Ball said. "My mom in later years told me she felt like I was destined to be a veteran. So I was born on Veterans Day and I've always been very proud of that."
Ball proudly served his country as a security policeman in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970. Since then, he's served his community very active in the American Legion and other organizations. For his outstanding volunteer work, Ball is the military hero award winner in the American Red Cross/WCYB Celebration of Heroes.
"I'm sure there's other people out there that are veterans that are more deserving than myself," Ball said. "But I was very humbled, very honored."
Ball rolls out his volunteer efforts tirelessly with the organization Celebrate Bristol, the committee that stages the annual 4th of July celebration. In fact, it's Ball who is chiefly responsible for getting the 4th of July parade rolling strong.
"It's been very rewarding to see these parades come down State Street and see the participation," Ball added.
He tells us he does it for his fellow veterans.
"These parades are in honor of these people that actually saved us," Ball said. "We could be speaking another language right now if it weren't for these older time warriors."
So a big salute to our military hero award winner, Richard Ball, a patriotic yet humble hero.
"As far as being a hero I don't really feel like a hero," Ball said. "I'm an everyday person serving America and proud to be an American. Proud to have been a veteran."