Several gathered at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Monday mooring to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
The ceremony was both somber and uplifting as people in our area gathered to remember those fallen military men and women.
“It’s very special because we just remember all those special memories we had with him and how he served his country and especially us, and we thank him every day for it,” Angelina Trook, a family member of a fallen hero, explained.
All branches were honored with a song, salute of the flag, and the traditional laying of the wreath to symbolize that though those Veterans may be gone, they are not forgotten.
“Being able to meet some gold star families really brought it all home and was very humbling, to see how people want to give them hugs and encourage them through an unimaginable time,” Lt. Jared Miller, City Manager for the city of Amarillo, said.
Miller was the guest speaker at Monday’s event.
He was a lieutenant in the Navy and said he holds this day near and dear to his heart.
“It’s a time to remember friends that I knew that lost their lives in service. It’s a time to remember and share all those memories with people that I know,” Miller stated.
Others hope to pass on the tradition of reflecting on Memorial Day to younger generations.
“I think we need to stress to our younger generations how important it is to pay tribute especially to guys who lost their lives in the many battles,” Ivan Cates, a ceremony spectator, said.
According to Miller, more than 1.3 million Americans have given their lives in service.