The Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center hosted veterans and their families during a bricklaying ceremony at the Patio of Honor at the medical center.
"It was very inspiring to me, we came out here to recognize guys that we served with in special forces," said Staff Sgt. Norman Jordan.
A color guard performed during the ceremony and officials called out each person to be honored by name and the families got to place them into the patio of honor.
"There were probably, I didn't count them maybe 20-30 bricks laid for various people, various branches of the service that were recognized today and it will just be a small way for us to show a token of the appreciation we have for their service," added Jordan.
Since 1997, families and friends of Veterans have added to the Patio of Honor in front of the VA.
"It is a good representation of the men and women from the Llano Estacado area, the panhandle area and it means everything, it means our freedom," said Jordan.
Funds from the purchase of the engraved bricks assist in maintaining and supplying the Lodge. The Lodge is designed to provide temporary lodging to Veterans traveling long distances for care through the Amarillo VA Health Care System. It is an 8-bedroom facility with a fully furnished kitchen, and a washer and dryer.
This ceremony will be held in the newly constructed Patio of Honor Annex designed to accommodate even more memorials to loved ones.
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