Pride in the past: Pampa ISD to build Veterans Memorial

Pride in the past: Pampa ISD to build Veterans Memorial
Pampa Veterans Memorial (Source: KFDA)
Source: KFDA
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Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

PAMPA, TX (KFDA) - Pampa ISD is now raising funds to build a project that would honor our nation's fallen heroes.

A Veterans Memorial has been in the works for more than a year and will honor those who walked the halls of Pampa High School and then later died in the line of duty.

School leaders hope the project will help students value the school's history while also inspire them to leave a legacy.

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School Board Trustee Luis Nava said the past is something Pampa High School prides itself in.

"With our harvester and also the Pampa High School hall of fame, we honor our former graduates who have gone on and served our communities," said Nava.

However school leaders noticed something was missing.

"When we came up with it, we figured out that we didn't have anything to honor those that had given the ultimate sacrifice for their country in serving in the military," said Nava.

Nava was tasked with creating a committee of students and teachers to create the Pampa High School Veterans Memorial.

A project that, according to Superintendent Tanya Larkin, is held near and dear to some of the school's teachers.

"Our teachers that were involved served in the military," said Larkin. "So they brought a different perspective and certainly some reverence to the process."

They still have to verify the veterans' status with the school, but as of right now they have 47 vets from World War II, eight from Vietnam, and three from Korea.

"So many of them left school to enlist to serve," said Della Moyer, secretary of the Pampa High School Memorial Project Committee.

The memorial will be inside the rotunda of the high school.

It will display a shadowed American flag and soldier, as well as a quote that will be determined by a contest among the students.

The military plaques will have brief information about each veteran, with a QR code for visitors to learn more.

"So interested students, parents, anyone who enters the school could scan the code quickly and access biographical information about the veterans, information about how to serve in the community, just some historical pieces about the veterans and the VFW and different memorials we have in our community," said Larkin.

She hopes by showing Pampa students more about their past, they will become more inspired their future.

"We spend a lot of time talking about their future, but I think it's really important for them to understand from whence they came," said Larkin. "Because that really puts them in place to be successful and prosper and understand that there's more to life than chasing after something. you also have to know a little about where you come from."

The memorial will be privately funded and will cost around $3,500. If you're interested in helping the project come to fruition, you can mail donations to the following address:

Pampa Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1045
Pampa, TX 79065-1045

They hope to have it completed by memorial day of next year.

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