"By honoring the nation's war dead we preserve their meaning and thus their service and sacrifice," said Marine Corps Captain Kraig Smith. He spoke at the first annual Memorial Day service at the city of Lubbock cemetery. "The day must continue to be one of awe and of respect," he said.
A crowd of over 100 watched as the honor guard raised the American flag. "I think this is very, very significant," said Lubbock city councilman TJ Patterson. "Just having the war in Iraq, paying tribute to those men and women who gave their lives so that we can have a free nation," he said.
Meanwhile, across town in the parking lot of the South Plains Mall: "He's a German shepherd, he's dual purpose, narcotics patrol," said Officer Jim Holmes describing his dog Thor. He's one of the LPD's three K-9 units, and he was living up to the name "German" shepherd. "Lutz!," ordered Holmes. Thor sat obediently. "So you had to learn some German?," Holmes was asked. "Yes, there are about 30 commands in German," he replied.
And then there was the long row of classic cars, with Ruby Prindle in her 1957 Buick LaSabre, also known as "sexy dude". "So this is 'sexy dude'?, Prindle was asked. "Yes," she replied. "You're not looking for a sexy dude?" "No, that's just the car," chuckled Prindle.
A day of Americana...of cars, and kids, and remembering the men and women who made it possible.