Heroes of the past and present were remembered during Veterans' Day ceremonies in Lubbock and around Texas on Monday. At the Silent Wings Museum, the Texas Tech Air Force ROTC presented the colors. They also laid wreaths on plaques honoring glider pilots killed in the second world war. Former glider pilot, Otto Lyons, spoke to the crowd about the importance of veterans' day.
Meanwhile, at Wheatley Elementary, the students surprised a veteran who has helped them for several years. They presented Dr. Tom Neal with a brick for the Veterans' Memorial that is being built in south Lubbock. Dr. Neal has provided the kids with basketball tickets to Texas Tech games and a field trip to Carlsbad Caverns for the 6th graders. Neal was a Lieutenant Colonel in the army.
In Dallas, a military flyover in the missing man formation helped kick off the ceremonies there. The military also laid a wreath at city hall to remember those who have served in times of war and peace.
In Austin, a monument was dedicated at the Texas State Cemetery to honor World War II soldiers from the small Fayette County town of Praha. During a 12 month span, nine men or about 10% of the town died in either the European or Pacific theaters. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison attended the event and called the men "heroes," saying quote, "we owe it to them and the future generations to make sure their sacrifice is always remembered."