Honoring their service, sacrifice …

This weekend, Amarillo celebrated Veterans Day with its annual Veterans Day parade, followed by a homecoming ceremony at the Thomas E. Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A few area Jeep clubs teamed up to field more than 20 Jeeps. They were among the 91 parade entries on a very chilly Saturday morning. My wife, Jennifer, and I loaded up our kids and joined the fun. Along the parade route, a young man approximately 20 years old or so grinned and pointed at Smokey.

“See, now, that’s what I like,” he said to his friends.

Later, at the VA hospital, our kids, Katelyn, 8, and Thomas, 6, enjoyed the bounce houses and other expected child-oriented attractions, especially the face-painter. Tommy became Spiderman, his favorite superhero, while Katelyn chose to don a “swirly crown.”

It was a fun experience, and, more importantly, a great opportunity to thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve in this great nation’s armed forces.

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