Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Floydada - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/02

Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Floydada

Floyd County had a Veterans' Day celebration like no other in this area. Monday the 4-H club, watched their Memorial project turn into a reality. NewsChannel 11's Ashley Stacy was there for the unveiling and has the story.

Skyler Cornelius of Floydada, made history this Veterans' Day among his community, as his dream to remember the war veterans of Floyd County came true. After 16 months of hard work and research, Skyler, along with his mom and classmates unveiled the first memorial of it's kind in Floyd County. "It was great to see the turnout after all the work and time we put into it, to see this many people show up and like it," Skyler Cornelius said.

Skyler led the ceremony that brought out more than 3,000 people. It included a military fly over, patriotic music, and emotional veterans. "Very emotional, because of the men that served and the men that died in the war," Gordon Himbright, a Navy Veteran said.

Veterans Day 2002 will forever be unforgettable for the residents and veterans of Floyd County as they watched their future leaders memorialize their past. "It was quite an honor to be asked to be a part of this on this day, but to watch a group of young men and women who are fixing to be the leaders of this country and it makes you feel really good," Speaker of the House, Pete Laney said.

"The main thing today is that the youth are doing this, they were celebrating what we've done by fighting for our country for years," Charles W. Holland, a War Veteran said.

Veterans and their family members from different war's were on hand to see the new wall that included 4036 names of Floyd County veterans.

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