Reflection and education in abundance at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, where many observed the feast


COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Residents of the Brazos Valley remember the veterans who are no longer here in many ways on Remembrance Day.

For some it’s getting the family out and walking the trails of Veterans Park and Sports Complex, for others it’s reflecting upon seeing the name of a loved one engraved on the Wall of Honor. .

For Sarah Dobrovolny, she remembers her father today on a special day, which she does every year during this time.

“This is my father Charles L. Dobrovolny. He served in Alaska during WWII,” she shared, pointing to her father’s name.

Her father, a United States Army veteran, is no longer with us, she says seeing names on the wall is a reminder of the touching impact of those who served.

“Memorial Day isn’t just about celebrating and having fun, it’s about remembering these people. It seems like the best place to celebrate the lives of these people and see how many people are on this wall,” he said. -she adds.

The Wall of Honor is just one side of the 12-acre memorial site honoring military veterans. Some visitors took advantage of the many exhibitions of the great wars, including the Fleming family.

When asked why he was at the park on Monday, William Fleming said it was to “remember the long wars and the people who fought there”.

Her veteran father Kenneth Fleming said seeing the memorials is a learning time for his children.

“People gave their lives in each of these events, it’s not one in particular, but it’s a story of sacrifice. For us, it’s important.”

Kenneth Fleming says learning is a priority for his family and being at the park is the reason we watch the holidays.

“By going through each of these, the older ones can read and read the signs and learn something new and the little ones can just discover the sequence of what happened first, second and third and they can also be active.” , Kenneth added.

Fleming, who served in the US Air Force, says he thinks there are a number of reasons people move into the military, but honoring them should be the same.

“Sometimes it’s mental illness, sometimes it’s in the middle of war. I think I know more people who have suffered from mental health issues,” Kenneth said. “Being put in danger is really the same heart that sacrifices itself,” he added.

Even the youngest inhabitants of the Brazos Valley look at the flag today, like April, who simply counts them.

“I made a homemade flag. Actually, I’m counting how many flags I can find… at the moment I have found that I think it’s 39. I’m not sure. forgotten. I will go on and count the flags, “7- April Vajdak, one year old from Brazos valley, said.

“We all love to experience these great moments in history, but sometimes we freeze up and miss the cost, not only for the people who have lost their lives, but also for those around them, the family members who have been left behind. for account, ”added Kenneth Fleming. .

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