The community of West Texas comes together to honor our fallen heroes

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Honor, sacrifice, and bravery: all words used to describe those who served in the armed forces. Reminding us all that freedom isn’t free.

”When you serve as a veteran and you come back to civilian life it’s not the same. You will always have it in your mind of where you’ve been and what you’ve seen and friends you’ve lost,” says Marine Corps Veteran, Jesse Porras.

Veteran and mall Owner, John Bushman says he is humbled to see so many people gathered around the wall paying tribute. ”It’s very heart-warming and it’s always good to see that there are still good people supporting our flag and the United States of America.”

A wall dedicated to all Texans lost in Iraq, Desert Storm, The Middle East Crisis, World War II, Vietnam and Korea. 

”Seeing this wall and all the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free,” says  Karen Howard-Winters.

According to Winters, it’s important to understand the true meaning of Memorial Day saying ”it should be more of a day of reverence.”

Winters says too often the true meaning  is lost in the marketing and commercialism surrounding the holiday. ”Folks need to remember that this country was built on our troops, you know, our men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

A daughter of a veteran herself, she finds this holiday particularly difficult. ”They’re not with us anymore and for all the men and women who so bravely gave the last measure.”


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