Carrying On The Memorial Day Tradition In Killeen - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Carrying On The Memorial Day Tradition In Killeen

Posted: Updated:
(KCEN) -- A new memorial slate dedicated to Fort Hood troops killed in action in 2013 was unveiled at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.

The names of Specialist Ember Alt, 1st Lieutenant Jason Togi, and Sergeant Lyle Turnbull are now etched into the cemetery's monument to those who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hundreds of families were there to pay their respects and give thanks to all American war heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Despite the rain, the annual ceremony and wreath-laying had an even bigger than last year.

Still some veteran leaders feel that across the country, many Americans are losing sight of the solemn day's true meaning.

"I think they're just saying it's just another holiday," says VFW Post 9192 Commander Guadalupe Lopez, "They need to realize that holiday is based on the blood of soldiers that are [buried] here."

Parents, like Jeromiah Lizama, are doing their part to make sure that very commitment is passed down to younger generations.

He brought his four kids Monday to let them see for themselves.

Jeromiah says the most impactful part of the experience is hearing the names of the fallen and seeing their families.

He says, "It doesn't matter if I know them or not, it's just important that there's a personal relationship, that there's a personal meaning for someone out there."

His son Damien seems be getting the message loud and clear.

"There's people all over the world serving our country to make sure that we're free here, and we have a life to live, and we don't have to make the sacrifices that they make every day," says Damien.

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com






  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Air Algerie Says Missing Plane Likely Crashed in Mali

    Air Algerie Says Missing Plane Likely Crashed in Mali

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:16:35 GMT
    (CNN) -- An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday. Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later. The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twi...More >>
    (CNN) -- An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday. Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later. The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twi...More >>
  • Bell County Peace Officers' Memorial Telethon

    Bell County Peace Officers' Memorial Telethon

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:19:01 GMT
    KCEN-TV is hosting a telethon to help raise funds for the Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation on Thursday, July 24.In the past year, Bell County has lost four officers in the line of duty.All the funding raised on Thursday will go to the Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation.The foundation is just over a year old and is designed with three goals in mind:The first initiative is to secure funding to build this memorial in honor of the now 20 officers in Bell County who h...More >>
    KCEN-TV is hosting a telethon to help raise funds for the Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation on Thursday, July 24.In the past year, Bell County has lost four officers in the line of duty.All the funding raised on Thursday will go to the Bell County Sheriff's Department Foundation.The foundation is just over a year old and is designed with three goals in mind:The first initiative is to secure funding to build this memorial in honor of the now 20 officers in Bell County who h...More >>
  • One Person Killed After Accident On I-35

    One Person Killed After Accident On I-35

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:35:08 GMT
    One person was killed in an accident on I-35 in Elm Mott on Thursday.More >>
    One person was killed in an accident on I-35 in Elm Mott on Thursday.More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.