Largest Gathering of Purple Heart Recipients in the United States

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Lubbock Honors around 400 Veterans

What an honor it was to be among such a large gathering of our nation's Heroes

What an honor it was to be among such a large gathering of our nation’s Heroes at the Jones AT&T Stadium this weekend. Not only have these men and women fought for our country, but have been wounded while serving, thus awarded the Purple Heart decoration. We welcomed the largest gathering of Purple Heart recipients, around 400 men and women, to Lubbock, Texas the weekend of November 8th. Most of the Purple Heart Heroes are Vietnam veterans while many are younger veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Also awarded in this gathering will be Medal of Honor winners, the highest honor bestowed on a US Soldier.

The celebration coincided with the Kansas State football game where the Heroes were acknowledged at halftime. The game started with a unique entrance made by special forces soldier, Dana Bowman, a retired first class sergeant and member of the US Army Elite Parachute Team. Sgt. Bowman went skydiving onto the field landing on the double Ts. In 1994, Sgt. Bowman had a mid air collision causing him to lose both of his legs. Now he travels the country inspiring people with his motto, "It's not the disability, it's the ability."

Also included this weekend was a symposium dealing with post-traumatic stress and a dinner Friday night. The dinner was under the auspice of the Purple Heart Committee and the Office of the Texas Tech President. RE/MAX Lubbock was one of the many proud sponsors of this event.

As most of our veterans are now on fixed incomes, we hoped that this celebration would be one they will remember forever.

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