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Office of the Texas Governor: Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgetown Commemorates Fallen Heroes, Honored by Governor Abbot

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Governor Greg Abbott honored fallen service members during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Texas. He reminded Texans of the dedication and sacrifice of these heroes and thanked members of the Texas National Guard for their efforts to protect the state and country. The Governor also highlighted the Hiring Red, White, and You program that helps veterans and military spouses find jobs in critical fields. During a separate ceremony on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, Abbott recognized fallen service members from Texas who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.

May 29, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott delivered a keynote address at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on Memorial Day. The ceremony was attended by over 2,500 people, including many veterans, who gathered to pay their respects to the fallen service members.

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In his speech, Governor Abbott reminded Texans that Memorial Day is a solemn day to remember the dedication and sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom. He said, “Today, we honor the heroes who gave their all to fight for our sacred rights and who went in harm’s way to protect the American way. Americans must always remember that freedom is worth fighting for.”

Governor Abbott also acknowledged the importance of the Texas National Guard’s tireless efforts to fill in the gaps created by President Biden’s open border policies to protect our state and country. He thanked the members of the Texas National Guard for their dedication and service.

During the ceremony, Governor Abbott highlighted Texas’ Hiring Red, White, and You program, which helps veterans, transitioning military members, and military spouses find jobs in critical fields like public safety, healthcare, and technology. The program aims to support the veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country.

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The Governor was joined at the Memorial Day ceremony by U.S. Congressman John Carter, First Lieutenant Diane Klutz, Major General Steve McElroy, and other service members and local leaders. Together, they paid tribute to the fallen heroes and their families.

Over the weekend, Governor Abbott also joined members of the Texas Legislature during a Memorial Day ceremony on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to honor Texas service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation since the last ceremony. During the ceremony, the Governor recognized the following fallen service members:

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Major James “Ryan” Sartor of Teague
  • U.S. Army Air Cavalry Chief Warrant Officer David Knadle of Tarrant County
  • U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant 1st Class Javier…
  • As the ceremony came to a close, Governor Abbott asked for God’s blessings and comfort for the families of the fallen heroes. He also rededicated himself and all Texans to the cause for which they fought and died. He said, “May we never forget the price they paid so that we can be free.”

    Memorial Day is a day to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. It is a day to honor their sacrifice and to thank their families for their unwavering support. Governor Abbott’s words and actions remind us of the importance of this day and the need to never forget the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes.

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