Texas Panhandle War Memorial telethon to raise funds for education center

Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center
Source: Texas Panhandle War Memorial Education Center

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Texas Panhandle War Memorial is hosting a telethon this Thursday to raise funds for the new education center.

The funds will be used to continue working towards the new education center that will be at the old Randall County Annex on South Georgia Street.

The center will house animatronics and historical information about the people and the wars they served in.

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Included in the education center will be large galleries dedicated to each conflict, and even a gallery dedicated to only period-correct soldier uniforms.

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The new center aims to help community members become more informed about every major American war and conflict fought in the last 240 years.

The telethon will run from 5:30 a.m. until Midnight and will be broadcast live from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in our 6:00 show.

If you would like to make a donation in person, stop by the former Randall County Annex at South Georgia Street and I-27.

If you would like to make a donation after the telethon has ended, you can mail those to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in care of the Amarillo Area Foundation at 801 South Fillmore, Suite 800 in Amarillo, Texas 79101.

For more information about the education center, call (806) 376-4521.

Ron Clark says serving the United States Army changed his life.

Clark, who retired from the Armed Forces as a chief warrant officer, says in 2018 he never would have imagined that serving his country and flying Huey helicopters in Vietnam would turn into a career.

Clark was a medical pilot during the war, aiding wounded soldiers in combat zones. During one mission his helicopter was shot down from the sky, leaving him with a serious head injury. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service.

He supports the building of a new education center, saying it would help share the stories of other soldiers with the memorial's visitors.

"The education center would bring that opportunity to all the kids and families to be able to come in and learn a little more history," Clark said. "Not only Vietnam, but all wars that we've been involved in."

PHOTO: Ron Clark

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