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West Texas A&M breaks ground on Veterans War Memorial

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The names of 88 veterans who attended West Texas A&M and paid the ultimate price for our freedom will soon have their names remembered in a memorial which broke ground on campus today.

"It's a great morale booster, it's a great reminder of the significance of that commitment, and how much we value service to our country," said Texas Rep. Four Price.

The on-campus memorial will feature five benches - one dedicated to each branch of the military.

Names of those who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War will be engraved on granite tablets.

Vets in attendance said it's to remind students that freedom is not free.

"I think when that gets re-enforced to young people, then highly qualified, motivated young people will be anxious to serve the nation when they see how much the appreciation is, how deep the appreciation is," said President of West Texas A&M University Walter Wendler.

"Educating the public on the importance of honoring. Some call it patriotism, we call it our duty as veterans to lead now that we are no longer on active duty," said Jack Barnes, co-chairman of the WT Veterans War Memorial Committee.

While today was a symbolic shoveling of dirt for those who broke ground, they say the Veterans War Memorial represents much more.

 "A daily reminder that will outlast all of us, I think it's fantastic. I want to pay tribute not only to those who made the ultimate sacrifice but to their families as well," said Rep. Price.

"We have the privilege as citizens across this country to honor and remember those who have given that full measure of duty and sacrifice and that's what this represents," said Barnes.

The memorial is slated to be completed in May of 2018.

For more information on the many Veteran's Day events in our area, click here.

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