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Fallen Soldier Monument

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The annual Memorial Day service at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial was even more special for some area families today. 

Earlier today, there were thousands on hand to witness the unveiling of a brand new fallen soldiers monument.

Bagpipes graced the ears of those who came to honor the fallen heroes of the Texas Panhandle. "Memorial day is here for us to honor the sacrifices people have done for our freedom," says Naval Commanding Officer Gary Blumberg.

Like the son of Atanacio Gonzalez, who lost his life in Iraq just a few weeks ago. "My son was supposed to be back home next week. And it just didn't happen that way."

But he says events like this help him to remember how much Esau loved his country. "I'm just proud of my son and all those who are serving and all who have served."

Which is exactly what Air Force veteran Randy Quirk was thinking when he began raising the money to build this monument.

"I hope that it gives some healing to the families that have lost their soldier, their hero. And may we always remember those heroes that served our country."

The front of the monument reads all gave some, some gave all. Serving as a lasting reminder of those who paid the ultimate price.

"The some gave all, I wanted to remember most of all for their sacrifice and heroism to protect our freedoms."

A remembrance felt by all on Memorial Day.

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