An air of reverence was present at Stephens Central Library Saturday as visitors viewed the Texas Fallen Traveling Memorial Wall.
Elias Torrez and Martha Ramirez Torrez, father and stepmother of one of the fallen, United States Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III were present at the memorial Saturday morning.
“I think it is awesome that they have this memorial where we can meet everybody who respects our fallen soldiers,” Elias Torrez said.
His son was killed in action on April 9, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq. Today marks the 12th anniversary of his death, making it a very emotional day for his family.
Lance Cpl. Torrez was born in Del Rio. He lived in Veribest, a small town outside of San Angelo.
Torrez was deployed one day before the Twin Towers fell. He was 18 years old when he left for the military and 21 when he went on his second tour to Iraq. This is his parents’ third time viewing the wall. The first time was the unveiling in Austin in 2013, and last year the wall was in Veribest.
The wall brings closure to friends and family members of the fallen, Martha Torrez said.
Other Concho Valley warriors killed in action were represented on the wall. They are United States Marine Corps PFC Jason T. Poindexter of San Angelo; USMC PFC Timothy S. “Shane” Folmar of Sonora; and United States Army SPC William J. “Justin” Byler of Ballinger.
The wall will be open for public viewing until 5 p.m. Saturday.