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Honoring Our Veterans

For Love of Country They Serve They Sacrifice and We Honor Their Commitment Their Valor In Gratitude For Our Freedom  Veterans Day 2021 ” Never in the History of the World, have others Sacrificed more for the Freedom and Liberty of All “

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An Inspiration to WWII Troops

British Singer and Songwriter Vera Lynn An inspiration who brought hope, happiness, and thoughts of home, if only briefly, to those who needed it most. Early Years Vera Welch was born on 20 March 1917 in East Ham, London.  Neither … Continue reading

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When Needed Most

  A Staggering Scale At 10:00 pm on 5 June 1944, Allied troops began departing from British shores on the English Channel in launching a successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe.  Five assault groups set sail under darkness in an … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce – 1944

What more profound compassion at Christmas than to enemies in the midst of war Christmas 1944 December 24th Three American soldiers, one badly wounded, were lost in the snow-covered Ardennes forest.  They wandered for three days, unable to find their … Continue reading

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Inconceivable Courage – June 6, 1944

Almighty God: Our sons and the pride of our Nation this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and … Continue reading

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A Widow’s Journey to a Husband’s Valor

July 17, 1944 Peggy and 1st Lt. Billie D. Harris (USAF) were married six weeks prior to his deployment in WWII.  Billie, a fighter pilot, would fly his last mission on July 17, 1944 over Nazi-occupied northern France.  With his … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce – 1944

Christmas 1944 December 24th Three American soldiers, one badly wounded, were lost in the snow-covered Ardennes forest.  They wandered for three days, unable to find their unit.  If shelter was not found soon, the injured soldier would most likely die. … Continue reading

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WWII Fighter Pilot, American Hero

Major M. Brooks, a P-38 and P-47 fighter pilot during WWII, flew nearly a hundred missions in support of Allied troops, including Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Having flown 82 combat missions by the age of 23, Captain … Continue reading

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American Revolution 1775-1783

Paul Revere “seldom has the tomb closed upon a life so honorable and useful” There were many who contributed to the American Revolution and the conflict for independence between our “Thirteen Colonies” and Great Britain.  Paul Revere, a Patriot leader … Continue reading

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In Gratitude

Honoring the service and sacrifice of our Fallen The passage of time should not diminish our gratitude for service and sacrifice to our country The American Revolution 1775 – 1783 Soldiers serving in the Continental Army fought on behalf of … Continue reading

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Remembering American Liberators

Faces of Margraten The Dutch have never forgotten their American Liberators.  Each year, as their cemetery hosts the Faces of Margraten and United Adopters of American War Graves, a unique tribute honors the men and women buried and memorialized there. In … Continue reading

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Final Combat Mission – Aug 14, 1945

 In Memoriam Captain Jerry Yellin, American fighter pilot, flew the final combat mission of WWII in targeting a military-airfield near Tokyo on August 14, 1945.     Yellin had enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on his 18th birthday, February 2, … Continue reading

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Patriotism Endures

Van T. Barfoot Second Lieutenant, US Army   A Good Man to Remember Author Unknown Van T. Barfoot Died… Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flagpole down on his Virginia property?  You might remember the news story several months … Continue reading

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment for our country and  propelled the United States into World War II.   Millions of Americans prepared to  enlist and serve for the devastation and losses suffered. With twenty-one American … Continue reading

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In Memory of Valor and Sacrifice

“Never in the history of the world has a country sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of all.”   When we mourn for such men who have died, ….we should thank God that such men were born.                                              – Gen. George … Continue reading

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Capturing Valor

Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 Five U.S. Marines and a Navy Corpsman Raised the American Flag On February 19, 1945, the United States invaded Iwo Jima as part of  its strategy to defeat Japan.  Although not originally a target, the relatively swift … Continue reading

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Remembering the Fallen

Ode of Remembrance 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 will remember them.      … 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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Family Veterans

Whether at present or in years long past, so many of us are families of veterans.  Their commitment and service is a legacy to succeeding generations on true values in life – honoring your country, as well as your family.  In a sacrifice repeated through time, … 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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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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