Sunday, May 22 2005 @ 04:00 PM CDT
Contributed by: Mark
The Fallen Warrior Project had a presence in the Deutschen Pfest Parade, but not what was originally planned. The committee built a wonderful float that was a depiction of the planned memorial, but as the parade began, the coil wire on the jeep pulling the float broke, rendering the jeep unusable. But, in true military style, Maj. Kristi Hilton and Ret. USMC GySgt. Greg Varady grabbed the banner from the float and marched the entire parade route holding the Fallen Warrior Memorial banner. Thank you!
During the festivities at the park, the committee set up a booth at the memorial site to increase public awareness. There was a field cross with a donation box attached and the committee raised over $1,000 in donations. Photo by Pastor Keith Born.
One of the most exciting things about this weekend was the opportunity to educate Deutschen Pfest participants in the history behind the memorial and make sure they knew of the sacrifices of the eight families from Pflugerville.
Also, many parents of active military visited the site and passed along stories of their sons and daughters experiences and offered their support to the project. Several active military and retired military also stopped by and passed along personal experiences and offered their support to the project.
The Fallen Warrior Memorial Committee would like to thank everyone who stopped by the memorial site and offered their support!