The Texas Panhandle War Memorial is expanding with the purchase of the old Randall County Annex. In place of the annex is the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center.
The center is going to have interactive educational elements for students to learn about past wars and conflicts. Rex Lemert, Texas Panhandle War Memorial treasuer explained, “In the basement will be a screen that will fold down and we can show DVDs on a particular conflict that say a teacher wanted to go into. So, you can have a third of the class up here going through the educational area, a third down in the basement seeing the DVD and a third going through the static displays that we have out in the foyer. “
Services and resources for veterans will also be available at the center. Lemert said, “No one person is the same. No one person has experienced the same thing when they were deployed. And no one person had the problems just like the other ones when they went into the service. A lot of this stems from that and then they go in the service and they’re deployed. They see things other people don’t see, so it’s important that we help those folks.”
The center is working with Family Support Services to offer services to veterans. The building will have office space where navigators from FSS will be to help veterans. There is also a chapel at the center where services, weddings, and funerals can be held. Along with the education area, there will be a gift shop and a reception area.
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center is working with multiple community partners such as Windows on a Wider World and Panhandle PBS to offer more educational programs.
To learn more about the Texas Panhandle War Memorial and the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center, click here. Donations are accepted through the Amarillo Area Foundation.