2012 Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Veterans at Love Civic Center
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As Americans we all take pride our country as well as the countrymen that protect our shores and beyond. The men and women of our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting the land of the free. On this day we honor the many American soldiers that have adorned the uniform and accepted the responsibility that comes with them. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we celebrated the heroism of those who have braved combat in honor of peace and justice.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris, Texas to pay tribute to every veteran and soldier involved in military confrontation over the last decade. The US Army National Guard marched in from Paris Junior College to the memorial and posted the colors following with a speech from Kelly Collins and the placing of the wreath.
Everyone entered the gates to the memorial and remembered the fallen. Admiring the hundreds of names blanketing the walkway in beautiful paving stone, attendants mingled and took pictures of the gorgeous monument.
The gathering then moved into the Love Civic Center at 11:00AM for the official ceremony. The national Anthem was sung by the Texas Troubadours and the invocation was given by Pastor Mike Shoop of First Baptist Church of Blossom. Memorial representative Don McCaskill welcomed everyone and thanked the countless contributors of the Veterans Memorial. The Texas Troubadours sang a few more patriotic melodies and introduced guest speaker Reverend Louis Holmes a Korean War veteran. He spoke of his fellow officers with respect and honor. Recalling his personal experiences and unforgettable stories Reverend Holmes blessed us all.
Several drawings were held following the ceremony. Ed Schaeffer won a black powder pistol, Glen Bawcum picked up a 2karat diamond ring, Hank Sanders grabbed a custom guitar, Carolyn Beckett won a shotgun, B.J. Good took home a diamond necklace, J.R. Moore picked up a WW2 Book, and the winner for the 2004 GTO was Allan Helberg! All of the proceeds from the raffles went to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial and so far over 750,000 has been raised for the preservation of this beautiful memorial.
“Remembering our Troops Defenders of Our Freedom”
Photos by Robbie Gunn