Lubbock Flags Fly At Half Staff To Honor Veterans - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/26/08

Lubbock Flags Fly At Half Staff To Honor Veterans

Flags are at half staff in Lubbock, and across the country, to honor those who served our country. Several Memorial Day ceremonies were held Monday morning to honor our veterans. One of those was held at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Our colors carried and rose to half mast by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. And as the West Texas Wind blows hundreds covered their hearts and pledged allegiance at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Below the red, white and blue, the POW flag to remember soldiers who still have not come home. And as the flags of all the armed services fly, World War II veteran Forrest Bowers reminds all in attendance why Memorial Day is celebrated.

"To honor those who through all the years of our nation's existence gave their lives that enabled you and I to gather here today without fear and freedom," Bowers said.

 One of those who fought for our freedom is veteran Ramon Florez, an 84 year old World War II veteran.

"He was very proud of his country and he was always talking about it," Florez's wife Angelita said.

"My Dad served in the invasion of Normandy and throughout the European campaign," Paul Florez added.

This Memorial Day has an even greater meaning for the Florez family. It's the first time the father of fourteen and husband of 61 years is not raising a flag, as Florez died just over a week ago.

"Today we're just so proud of the fact that he joined his brother and sisters in heaven and they are going to continue to protect us. And as Dad would say honor, duty and country," Paul Florez said.

Traits of American soldiers who were honored with Lubbock's prayers, songs, and the waiving of the red, white and blue.

Resthaven tells NewsChannel 11 the grave site flags will remain up for the next couple days.

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