Governor Abbott launches search at Memorial Day event
The strong storms that rolled through Williamson County Monday morning made it impractical to hold the annual Memorial Day Ceremony outside. Eventually the weather cleared and a wreath was placed in front of the Memorial Wall. That's where two children and their mother approached Chief Master Sgt. George Timko. They gave him a hand made thank you card.
"I feel that my service is being appreciated, 28 years,19 family moves, in 28 years. This really got to me, I'm going to keep this card," said Timko.
Several WWII veterans attended the ceremony Monday morning. Among them was Nora Haines. 75 years ago Haines served in the Royal Navy as a technician who trained torpedo boat crews. The conflict stole her youth, but not her resolve.
"It is a dreadfulthing, my first husband never got over the shock of getting the American prisoners outof the jungles where the Japaneese were," said Haines.
The featured speaker was Governor Greg Abbott. The governor used the event to launch what he called the Never Forgotton Initative.
"I'm asking for America's help to find these six remaining photos so we can put them on display in the Texas Capitol," said Governor Abbott.
Abbott told the group the six are Medal of Honor recipients. There are 91 in all from Texas. Those with missing photos are identified as:
- Cpl. John Connor, who was involved in a battle at Wichita River, Texas.
- John McLennon, an Army musician who fought at Big Hole, Mt.
- Sgt. George Loyd, recognized after fighting at Wounded Knee Creek, Sd.
- Private Adam Paine, who helped his colonel during a battle along the Red River.
- Private Franklin McDonald, he fought off an indian attack on the mail service.
- Private George Shelton, who rescued a comrade while under heavy fire on the Phillipine Islands.
"Texans have long defended this great nation, the gallant actions of our medial of honor recipients must never be forgotten."
As the ceremony came to a close the governor said Memorial Day is more than a 24-hour period because a single day is not enough time to repay the debt of gratitude owed to those who serve.