Monday, November 11, 2013
DALLAS – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, local officials, veterans and their families Monday to honor veterans at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
During the Veterans Day tribute, Attorney General Abbott thanked the Nation’s servicemen and women for their selfless commitment to protecting and serving the country. “Each and every American owes a debt of gratitude to the selfless dedication of the men and women who bravely serve in our armed forces,”
Attorney General Abbott told veterans at the ceremony. “Your service to our country has safeguarded freedom and protected your fellow Americans at home and abroad. We are honored by your courageous service, and we are inspired by your example.”
Commissioner Patterson also delivered remarks at the ceremony and was honored by local officials for his more than 25-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps. After Patterson retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1993, he was elected to the Texas Senate, where he chaired the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee and tirelessly advocated for his fellow veterans.
Monday’s Veterans Day ceremony reflected a tribute of military honors, tradition and prayer, including an Armed Forces medley, a 21-cannon salute, “Taps” and the placement of remembrance wreaths honoring the fallen veterans who courageously sacrificed their lives while serving and protecting their country.