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Veterans Day Ceremony at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial
By Chris Martin
AMARILLO -- Veterans and friends gathered at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial for Monday morning's Veterans Day ceremony. Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole and Representative Mac Thornberry joined many vets there.
The notes of the bagpipes set the tone for the service to honor the living members of the United States military and those who have fallen over the years.
"They come from all over the Texas Panhandle and they're very supportive of everything we do here, not only because they had sons or daughters that served but they're just patriotic," said the President of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, Fred Rangel.
Rangel served in the Army during the Vietnam War, specifically during the Tet Offensive, and he says that this kind of support is not suprising to see. We also talked to Representative Mac Thornberry, who came out to speak to the veterans and thank them for their time in the service. He spoke about the way the Panhandle takes care of its vets.
"Our area supports the military and those who serve and we do it as well as anybody in the country,from honor flights to the elementary schools and that's something we all ought to be very proud about," said Thornberry.
After Monday morning's commemoration, Thornberry was off to the Veterans hospital to talk with folks out there, and later to another event out at Northwest Texas.
Thornberry did take time during the ceremony to recognize Cadet Major Devin Barela, of Hereford High School, who won the Bronze Cross from the Legion of Valor.
The award is given for academic excellence and leadership in the Junior R.O.T.C.
A wreath was laid under the flag at the memorial and members of each branch of the military were acknowledged.