As much of Lubbock is settling down after an afternoon of cookouts with friends and family, some across Lubbock are still observing the solemn meaning behind this National Day of Memorial.
On Memorial Day, there were 100 flags for the 100 servicemen and women who live at Carillon Senior Live Community; flags for those who have served our country so bravely that we can have those cookouts that we enjoy so much with friends and family.
Like every year across our country, Memorial Day signifies the unofficial first day of summer. Pools open up, grills get fired up and millions of Americans, despite record gas prices, make their yearly trek to the beach for fun in the sun. But for some here in Lubbock, the meaning of Memorial Day can best be observed in silence, or by the sounding of the bugle.
Master of Ceremonies, Jesse Jantzen said, "For some people memorial day is just a long holiday and the 1st of the summer. For others like those that join us here, it's a day of tribute."
Carillon's 2nd Annual Memorial Day Remembrance paid tribute to the servicemen and women from our countries last 60 years of history, from WWII to the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. The ceremony also honored the grandchildren and relatives of those serving now to protect our freedom.
Jantzen added, "It stands for so much more than just a long holiday. It's a time to remember the brave men and women in uniform, those who have fallen in battle and those vets who proudly serve."
Dr. Jim Reckner from Texas Tech said, "Every death and injury represents a tragedy, a family without a father or a mother, a son or a daughter, a grandson or a granddaughter. Unrealized hopes, unrealized dreams."
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