Written by Nick Kammerer
While many Americans across the United States celebrated their three-day weekend hosting cookouts and family events, dozens of patriotic Irving citizens and veterans attended the Irving Memorial Day Service at the public library on Sunday to honor those who lost their lives while protecting our country.
The emotional service was presented by the Irving Veterans Memorial Park Committee and began with a combined color guard of Irving, Nimitz, and MacArthur High School JROTC cadets’ presenting the American flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Silver Tones, under the direction of Woody Schober along with the assembly, proudly sang the Star Spangled Banner in harmony, many singing with passion and admiration.
As part of the celebration, Don McClelland, SSG 389th Bomb Group US Army Air Forces, also delivered a heart-felt moment of reflection. Then Ken Boozer, Irving Veterans Memorial Park Committee member, read the names of veterans listed on the Commemorative Wall of Honor. “The Irving Veterans Memorial was designed to honor the Irving-ites who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that this country provides us,” Marine Corps Veteran and Memorial Park Committee member, Ken Boozer, said. “I am honored as a member of the Veterans Memorial Committee to be able to take part in it, and to help put on this service so that we can instill a sense of honor in our children, and help them to understand the sacrifices that have been made. This park is here so that people can come and see the sacrifices that have been made so that they can enjoy the freedoms that they have.”