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Special Salute For Panhandle Soldiers

Wife Marilyn Ray reflects on her hero... Her husband and all the soldiers who serve our country.  "I was always proud to say that my husband served in the military" Ray says with a beaming smile. Wife Marilyn Ray reflects on her hero... Her husband and all the soldiers who serve our country. "I was always proud to say that my husband served in the military" Ray says with a beaming smile.

The list of Panhandle soldiers who have died in combat continues to grow. Twenty soldiers from our region have paid the ultimate price over the past year were honored during a special Memorial Day service Monday.

Those soldiers were honored with a special memorial at memory gardens. Not only were fallen soldiers remembered from recent wars, but all veterans of all wars were honored by family and friends.

Wife Marilyn Ray reflects on her hero... Her husband and all the soldiers who serve our country.  "I was always proud to say that my husband served in the military" Ray says with a beaming smile.

No matter what year you served or what war. Memorial day services continue to grow with a number of soldiers who have passed on.  Mayor Debra McCartt agrees, "We've lost many in Amarillo ... In the panhandle and I know next year we'll have to add more to the list".

The sacrifice soldiers face is why Ray says it's a privilege to be here. "I am so thankful to god for the privilege of being in a country. Where we can give him praise and thanksgiving on this day. I am so proud to be apart of this celebration", Ray explains.

She says the special tributes add solace to her life and the families of soldiers who made the greatest sacrifice.  "To me it really wouldn't matter if my husband was military or my family was military. It's just such a special tribute to those who serve have served. That have laid down their life" Ray explains.

A tribute to remind everyone to be thankful and never forget the lives lost for freedom.   In all wars more than a million U.S. soldiers have given their lives in the fight for freedom.

Organizers say every time a Panhandle soldier dies in Afghanistan or Iraq, he or she will be added to the monument at memory gardens.

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