Texas Panhandle War Memorial hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Panhandle War Memorial hosted a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor the fallen from wars beginning with WWI Monday.

The names of 1,550 military personnel from the Panhandle of Texas who died in combat are inscribed on the monuments in Memorial Park, according to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial.

The ceremony included remarks by U.S. Congressman Admiral Ronny Jackson and an invocation, posting of the colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.

Executive Director of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Perry Gilmore said that they had several gold star families in attendance.

Gilmore said that about 700 people showed up at Monday’s event.

Representative Jackson, who spoke at the event said that it was an honor to come to speak to the veterans and members of the community that attended the ceremony.

“We spend a lot of time on this particular weekend being the beginning of summer going to the beach and having bar-b-ques and stuff of that nature and that’s all fine, I don’t discourage people from doing that, but it’s important we remember why we are here today,” said Rep. Jackson.

Gilmore said having Representative Jackson share his experiences of his time in the military helped further honor those hometown heroes.

“He recounted stories about working in military emergency rooms in the field and fighting to save the lives of service members that had been injured in combat. Of course, he couldn’t save everyone and he just recounted how those losses affected him. He has seen firsthand the high cost of freedom,” said Gilmore.

Representative Jackson added it is key we remember the importance of the holiday.

“There are people all over the world right now that would love to come here and would love to take our freedoms away from us, the only reason that hasn’t happen is and the only reason that it won’t happen is that there are people that are willing to give their lives in defense of this country and that’s what Memorial Day is all about, honoring those people and their families and it’s important we do that,” said Rep. Jackson.

Next Saturday, the Texas Panhandle War Memorial will be hosting a car show benefiting the memorial. Gilmore said they will have military vehicles featured.


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