DALLAS, TEXAS (Attorney General) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined U.S. Navy Commander Julius Graw, military officers, veterans and their families to honor fallen servicemen and women at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
As the keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony, Attorney General Abbott paid tribute to the brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country, making the following statement:
“Today, Americans across Texas and around the country are honoring the men and women who gave their lives in military service to our great nation. I am privileged to participate in the Memorial Day service at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with Navy Commander Julius Graw, where we honor those who have sacrificed everything for our country.
“From World War I through the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the brave servicemen and women whose names are inscribed on memorials here are a constant reminder that freedom is not free. It is only won and protected by those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for it, if necessary, in the service of our country. We will be forever in their debt.”
The 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 and flags honoring the fallen servicemen and women who courageously sacrificed their lives while serving and protecting their country.
Commander Graw also read the Medal of Honor citation honoring U.S. Army Sergeant Candelario Garcia for his acts of heroism and selflessness during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on Dec. 8, 1968.