Lubbock veteran receives memorial flyover - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock veteran receives memorial flyover

Ray King Ray King

On Veteran's Day Lubbock, residents continued to honor our troops and veterans by leaving their porch lights on.

Starting early Friday, the Hub City hosted several ceremonies and tributes to those who have served and are serving in the military.

At the Lubbock Veteran's War Memorial four air force jets soared above the crowd to close the ceremony as more than one hundred people gathered to watch.

The flyover was dedicated to one special Lubbock veteran - Ray King.

King passed away exactly four months ago. He was eligible for a flyover at his funeral, but it couldn't be scheduled.

King's wife of more than half a century held back tears as the planes flew above the ceremony.

"It was something special," she said.

Those paying tribute eventually left the war memorial after a long day of ceremonies for our troops.

The Silent Wings Museum, Lubbock schools, Texas Tech, and other groups honored our veterans in their own ways.

At the war memorial, all eyes were on the sky.

King's daughter Barbara said, "It made me proud he was my dad."

For three and a half years, King was a prisoner of war in Japan. The only communication he had with his family was through military cards sent out by the Japanese imperial army.

"It makes me proud that I had a Granddad that served our country like he did. After he was a prisoner of war he still came back and served our country," his granddaughter Kasey said.

After 22 years of service, King passed away in July. The family worked with the Air Force to reschedule the flyover for Veteran's Day.

The King's got to meet and have lunch with the pilots before the ceremony.

"We decided since he earned it and he deserved it, let's do it. There's not a better day than Veterans Day to honor him and all others who served our country," Kasey said.

Veterans and their loved ones cheered as the jets flew by in missing man formation.

It was a special day throughout the entire city. Young and old, big and small, the people of Lubbock showed up in full force wherever they went, vowing never to forget the sacrifices made by the names on the memorial wall including veterans like King.

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