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Community members honor fallen heroes for Memorial Day

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Amarillo, TX - The community came together Monday afternoon to remember fallen military from our area in a Memorial Day Ceremony.

Many gathered at Memory Gardens Cemetery to pay their respects to our fallen service men and women. Since last Memorial Day, 61 more veterans were laid to rest at the memorial cemetery. Those 61 names were read at Monday's ceremony in remembrance.

For the Bedoy family, the ceremony allowed them to honor the recent loss of a son, husband and father through a wreath presentation at his grave. Genaro Bedoy lost his life almost two years while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. His wife, Patricia Bedoy, said Memorial Day now has a whole new meaning for her. "It took a completely different toll after my husband passed," said Bedoy. "It just means that we get to come together with the rest of the families who have lost their sons or daughters or any family members as well, and just celebrate the reason and just give them thanks for what they've done. And to just come together as a family because that's what we end up being."

During the ceremony there was a 21 Gun Rifle Salute, a Missing Man Formation Flyover and area Congressman Mac Thornberry spoke to attendees about the importance of honoring our fallen heroes.

"It's very important to take just a minute in our busy schedules, even on a holiday, to remember that we have the privilege of taking holidays like this because of the sacrifice of service men and women," said VFW Post 430 Commander Norman Bearden. "So we feel it's very important to bring remembrance to them today."

The Bedoy family said support from the community is very much appreciated. "It means a lot to us," said Bedoy. "Mostly how the community comes together and does all this for him (Genaro Bedoy) and all the other fallen heroes. It means a lot to us."

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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    Madison Alewel

    Madison joined NewsChannel 10 as a reporter in October 2013. She comes from Las Vegas, Nevada but has strong Midwest roots.
    Madison joined NewsChannel 10 as a reporter in October 2013. She comes from Las Vegas, Nevada but has strong Midwest roots.