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Veterans and Governor Perry Keynote Speakers at Area Ceremonies


Sherrie Martinez is seen with her granddaughter, Bianca Arriaga, and with Governor Rick Perry, following the Veterans Day Program held in Dime Box last Friday morning. Bianca accepted a medal and plaque on behalf of her father, who was fatally wounded in Afghanistan a year ago. Bianca is the great-granddaughter of Gloria Sanchez of Dime Box. 
PHOTO BY LINDA KIDD. Sherrie Martinez is seen with her granddaughter, Bianca Arriaga, and with Governor Rick Perry, following the Veterans Day Program held in Dime Box last Friday morning. Bianca accepted a medal and plaque on behalf of her father, who was fatally wounded in Afghanistan a year ago. Bianca is the great-granddaughter of Gloria Sanchez of Dime Box. PHOTO BY LINDA KIDD. Local veterans and Governor Rick Perry were the featured speakers at area Veterans Day programs last Friday morning. In Lexington, Marine veteran Jake Jacobs and Active Army Specialist Johnathan Richardson, a 2007 graduate of LHS, were the keynote speakers at the annual Veterans Day ceremony held at Eagle Stadium.

In Dime Box, Governor Rick Perry was the keynote speaker, after accepting an invitation sent to him last summer by Ray Ann Ford and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeroladette Centilli.

While every speech was memorable and moving, the most impressive thing about each ceremony was the attention and appreciation given to our local veterans. Even though each of the keynote speakers was a veteran, themselves, they, too, paid homage to the men and women who have, and continue to, serve this great nation in the armed forces. Despite the fact that each of them had received certain recognitions during their time serving in active military, each unselfishly spoke of the dedication and service of their brothers and sisters in arms, rather than of their own sacrifices.


Army Specialist Johnathan Richardson, (forefront, right) a 2007 graduate of Lexington High School, was one of the keynote speakers at the Veterans Day Program held at Eagle Stadium last Friday morning. He is sitting among many area veterans, to whose honor the ceremony is held each year. Army Specialist Johnathan Richardson, (forefront, right) a 2007 graduate of Lexington High School, was one of the keynote speakers at the Veterans Day Program held at Eagle Stadium last Friday morning. He is sitting among many area veterans, to whose honor the ceremony is held each year. Jacobs spoke about the three things needed to be a good soldier: courage, self discipline and brains.

Richardson shared an incredible experience he had during combat, leaving not a dry eye in the stands.

Governor Perry reminded us of the sacrifices made by American soldiers for the past 236 years and reminded us that being a soldier “…is a higher calling, rooted in the fundamental values of our nation, that flows from the undeniable importance of freedom.”

There were other ceremonies throughout the county last week and on Monday, including those at Lexington Elementary and Giddings Elementary Schools.

All of the programs confirmed the gratitude felt by the citizens of this great country, and the importance of recognizing those who, as Governor Perry said, “…are the reason America has become the world’s shining beacon of freedom and prosperity.”

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