Tag Archives: Ellis County

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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Modern Day Memorial

Creating a modern-day monument for Ellis County veterans was an ongoing process over many years.   Like many small towns across America, life centered on the town square and Waxahachie was no exception.   As a child in the 1960’s, one resident noticed the only … Continue reading

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History and Reenactment

Capping each year’s Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony is a WWII battle reenactment in Waxahachie’s historical town square and nearby train station. More than 200 living-history participants from six states congregate in authentically reproduced period uniforms and  60 military vehicles  … Continue reading

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In Viewing a Memorial, We Reflect on History and Sacrifice

These monuments are valued not only by those who appreciate our veterans but by veterans themselves. In 2000, as construction neared completion, the builder and crew, on site one day as a van appeared, watched a woman exit and approach them.  She … Continue reading

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In Celebration and Gratitude

ELLIS COUNTY VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY Over a span of thirteen years, this annual event has grown and evolved to create a truly remarkable occasion.   It addresses our military conflicts from WWI to the War on Terror and includes all branches of service.    The … Continue reading

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Supporting Veteran Tributes

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”      “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave” Elmer Davis WWII American Journalist First … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes in Honoring Veterans

Veterans are recognized and celebrated by many across this nation.  One remarkable effort, in that regard, is the annual Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day and the poignant memorial in tribute to  their service.   The following  individuals and groups express a … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

In attending Veterans Day events, we  join voices in gratitude and celebration for the service of our military forces.  The Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day, a moving and emotional  tribute, touches the hearts and minds of  all in attendance.  Held at … Continue reading

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The Price of Freedom

Like many communities across the country, Ellis County has experienced the loss of its own veterans in the War on Terror.   To honor those who have served and perished in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East since 2001, a tablet … Continue reading

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