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A Day to Remember

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A huge American flag hung from a pole extending from a Flower Mound Fire Department truck. (Photo by Dru Murray.)
A huge American flag hung from a pole extending from a Flower Mound Fire Department truck. (Photo by Dru Murray.)

by Dru Murray

Entitled “A Day to Remember,” Flower Mound’s Memorial Day Service on Monday highlighted the sacrifices men and women who died in the line of duty and their families made and the honor they deserve for those sacrifices.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 451 who helped with Flower Mound’s inaugural Memorial Day event. Committee Chair Rob Rawson (second from right in back row) said, “We’re here to honor our fallen veterans.” Photo by Dru Murray.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 451 who helped with Flower Mound’s inaugural Memorial Day event. Committee Chair Rob Rawson (second from right in back row) said, “We’re here to honor our fallen veterans.” Photo by Dru Murray.

Citizens from both Flower Mound and Lewisville attended as did dignitaries, including State Representative Tan Parker.

Attendee Mark Conrad of Lewisville said he and Alex Conrad attended “to pay tribute and honor those fallen in battle and to honor what they’ve done for our country.”

Flower Mound Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant presented opening remarks during which he welcomed all. The Flower Mound Fire Department Honor Guard posted the colors and Boy Scout Troop 415 led the audience in the pledge of allegiance. The Voices of Flower Mound and audience members belted out a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

Mehgan DeProspero of Flower Mound had a difficult time expressing the feelings the Memorial Wall evoked. She said quietly that she was “just taking it all in.” Photo by Dru Murray.
Mehgan DeProspero of Flower Mound had a difficult time expressing the feelings the Memorial Wall evoked. She said quietly that she was “just taking it all in.” Photo by Dru Murray.

Russ McNamer, chaplain of the Flower Mound Fire Department, offered the opening prayer, followed by a bagpiper in the Flower Mound Fire Department’s Pipes & Drums playing “Amazing Grace.”

Trumpeter Iver Sneva plays “Taps” at the Flower Mound Memorial Day event. Standing behind him are (left to right) Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant, Flower Mound Council Member Bryan Webb, Lt. Colonel Paul T. Patrick, and Flower Mound Fire Department Chaplain Russ McNamer. Photo by Dru Murray.
Trumpeter Iver Sneva plays “Taps” at the Flower Mound Memorial Day event. Standing behind him are (left to right) Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant, Flower Mound Council Member Bryan Webb, Lt. Colonel Paul T. Patrick, and Flower Mound Fire Department Chaplain Russ McNamer. Photo by Dru Murray.

Bryant then introduced the keynote speakers. The first speaker was Ret. Lt. Colonel Ginger Simonson, who said, “Today is a solemn day, a day of remembrance.” Following her was Colonel Paul T. Patrick of the U.S. Marine Corps who addressed the bravery of our fallen soldiers who sacrifice their lives without hesitation. Next, Simonson and Patrick laid a wreath near the Memorial Wall displaying the stories and photos of Americans who died in action during various conflicts and wars.

Old Glory serves as the background for Patriot Guard Riders (from l. to rt.) Brian Adams and Amy Weber of Lewisville and Sue and Howard Griffths of Flower Mound. The Patriot Guard motorcycle riders attend the funerals of fallen service members at the families’ requests. Photo by Dru Murray.
Old Glory serves as the background for North Texas Patriot Guard Riders (from l. to rt.) Brian Adams of Flower Mound,  Amy Weber of Lewisville and Sue and Howard Griffths of Flower Mound. The Patriot Guard motorcycle riders attend the funerals of fallen service members at the families’ requests. Photo by Dru Murray.

Chaplain McNamer read out the names of fallen service members; after each name was announced, a member of the Flower Mound Fire Department struck a bell, emphasizing the gravity of that announcement. Chaplain McNamer then delivered a closing prayer before Iver Sneva concluded the ceremony by playing the as-always heartrending “Taps” on his trumpet.

 

Colonel Paul T. Patrick delivers a keynote address. Sitting behind him are (left to right) Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant, Flower Mound Council Member Bryan Webb, Ret. Lt. Colonel Ginger Simonson, and Flower Mound Fire Department Chaplain Russ McNamer. Photo by Dru Murray.
Colonel Paul T. Patrick delivers a keynote address. Sitting behind him are (left to right) Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant, Flower Mound Council Member Bryan Webb, Ret. Lt. Colonel Ginger Simonson, and Flower Mound Fire Department Chaplain Russ McNamer. Photo by Dru Murray.
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