KERENS – Those who served in the military to protect our American freedoms were noted Nov. 11 at Kerens Veterans Memorial during the annual Veterans Day commemoration.
Gooley Orr, along with his wife, Virgie, announced the donation of their nearby office building at Third Street and Colket Avenue for use as a Kerens veterans’ museum.
“We watched every day as this memorial was taking shape,” Gooley Orr said as he presented the deed to Danny Combs, president of the Kerens Veterans Memorial Committee.
Combs noted all veterans, past and present, saying “they defended our country and we love all of them.”
Guest speaker Ted Snyder served in the Navy in the 1970s and lives in the Kerens area with his wife, Mary, who is Kerens Municipal Court clerk. “I’m proud to be a veteran and proud to be associated with this great city of Kerens,” he said.
“Our veterans come from all walks of life, some right out of high school,” Snyder said. “They offer a blank check to our country, up to and including their life.”
Snyder also said the military protects our freedoms, such as the ability to get an education and choose our leaders. “These freedoms make the United States of America the greatest country in the world.”