Texas Fallen Traveling Memorial to honor veterans Friday, Saturday locally

The Texas Fallen Traveling Memorial will be available for viewing Friday and Saturday at the Stephens Central Library, 33 W. Beauregard Ave.

There is no cost to view the memorial, which will be on display from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The memorial features Texas Iraq-Afghanistan heroes including Tom Green County’s first casualty, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III, who was killed in action April 9, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to the website, rememberingourfallen.org, “Remembering Our Fallen” was created in November 2010 by Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha. Their eternal hope is to honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to provide comfort to friends and family of the fallen and to remind others of the tremendous cost paid by some. Its legacy will be that these men and women will never be forgotten and that their names will be remembered and spoken. The inspiration for this project came after reading a story in the Omaha World-Herald in September, 2010, about a father whose pain and grief were even greater four years after his son, Joshua, had died in Iraq.

Although there is no cost to view the memorial, there is a cost to bring it to the Concho Valley.

“Last year, Martha Ramirez paid the $800 and we had it in Veribest for one day.” said Tony Ramirez, this year’s underwriter. “This year, I paid the fee.”

For more information or to get involved, call Tony Ramirez at 325-653-2321 or Martha Ramirez at 325-234-7999.

Courtesy: rememberourfallen.org

   (Courtesy photo: rememberourfallen.org)