Candle Light Vigil Set to Honor Those Lost in Duty - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/6/03

Candle Light Vigil Set to Honor Those Lost in Duty

At least 3,000 people are expected to attend the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial Candle Light Ceremony, at 82nd St. and Nashville, to pay tribute to area veterans who gave their lives. The American Legion and other volunteers have been here since early Saturday morning in preparation for the Candle Light Vigil.

Old Glory watches over the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial in honor of the dedication services while symbolizing the patriotic spirit of those who gave their lives.

"There will be over 580 flags that will signify the whole reason behind the memorial, the American spirit, and the reason why the killed in action went to war and what it represents," said Denver Blanscett, director of the war memorial.

Last minute preparations are done for the candle light service that will be a time of tribute and a chance to honor over 2,000 area veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Humble moment, honored moment for the men and women who have died for this country and just to remember them," explained Blanscett.

Bill Willis, board member of the memorial, advises everyone here to bring plenty of Kleenex, because he says there are going to be a lot of tears flowing. Along with tears, over 5,000 flames will be illuminate the memorial to honor veterans from beyond the South Plains.

"We're going to remember our killed in action people and trying to make it to where it will be an honor to Lubbock and all the veterans everywhere," said Willis.

The vigil is expected to last until about 8:30 p.m. and will close with the reading of over 2,000 names of area veterans who were lost in combat.

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