The flags may have been wavering Monday afternoon in the Panhandle wind, but their sentiments were not... Hundreds gathered together at Memory Gardens to honor Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Many look at Memorial Day as a day off from school or work, a day to cook burgers on the grill... But that was the farthest thing from the minds of the folks who spent Monday afternoon at Memory Gardens in Amarillo.
Some sat silently in lawn chairs, while others grieved at grave sites, but they all came to Memory Gardens for the same reason. "I lost a lot of friends in Vietnam... I fought in world war one. We'll never forget our brothers.... My heart goes out to them. I got the chance to spend a lot of time with my father, but there are some whose fathers never came back."
The most recent of those fathers who didn't come back was Dr. Matthew Houseal, the Amarillo psychiatrist killed in Iraq two weeks ago. The addition of his name to the War Memorial in the Field of Valor was unveiled Monday afternoon...etched beside his fallen comrades.
Some of those names were also read aloud... Those of the local service men and women who passed away since last Memorial Day.