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A Father’s Service, PT 161

We honor our fathers for their presence in our lives.  For those who are veterans, we should also remember their service. LT JOHN MCELROY, USN Prior to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, John McElroy had never considered the military … Continue reading

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In Profound Gratitude

 In Memory of Supreme Sacrifice for Country They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We … Continue reading

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WWII Tokyo Raiders Deserve Congressional Gold

Let’s not wait nearly 75 years to honor our veterans.  All too often, acknowledgment for their commitment and valor is long-delayed or even denied.  Such is the case for the WWII Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. On April 18, 1942, fueled by the need for action in … Continue reading

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Hometown Heroes

  ELLIS COUNTY VETERANS CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR First Lieutenant Jack Lummus,  USMC Reserve Awarded posthumously for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty….He gallantly gave his life in … Continue reading

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“We stand on the backs of their sacrifice. Their history is our tradition, as long as there are Americans to remember…”

On a cold and rainy Veterans Day in 2000, a crowd of over a thousand people gathered at the Ellis County Civic Center in Waxahachie, Texas.  They came in tribute to veterans past and present to dedicate a beautiful monument … Continue reading

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A Civil War Monument

There are many tributes to veterans across our nation.   This blog notes one remarkable effort by a community and county in honoring their own, while expressing gratitude for all who serve.  Their immortalized recognition started with this single statue. The Ellis County monument, … Continue reading

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A Base of Honored Names

A fitting tribute to this Ellis County veterans monument are 1200 brick pavers engraved with names of veterans and laid in checker-board fashion.  Each honored name stands alone – bordered by blank bricks on four sides.  Proud families provided initial memorial funding … Continue reading

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