April 1-3, 2016
We left New Mexico on April 1 traveling on I40 and ended the day’s drive in Amarillo, Texas at the Amarillo Ranch RV Park. We are slowly heading East and will turn North in a couple of weeks.
|The day's drive.|
|We are in Texas.|
|This caught my eye as we drove through Amarillo.|
April 2, 2016
|Saturday evening we had dinner at The Big Texan.|
While we ate three young men tried the 72 ounce challenge.
The person is required to eat a 72 ounce steak, baked potato, salad, and 3 shrimp in 60 minutes. If they fail the cost of the meal is $72 but they do get a t-shirt.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
This turned into a very special day. The plan was to visit The Texas Panhandle War Memorial. When we arrived it was obvious some type of ceremony was going to be taking place. We started by walking into the Visitors Reflection Center and found out it was a ceremony to “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans”. Since part of the ceremony was laying a wreath at the Vietnam monolith we could not walk into the memorial until the ceremony was complete. It was a special and moving ceremony honoring all Vietnam Veterans. The names of all who served, from the Texas Panhandle, and died in Vietnam were read. They honored all the service branches, Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action. (When we decided to visit the memorial we had no idea this ceremony was taking place. Tom is a Vietnam Veteran which made it even more special to be there for this.)
This War Memorial honors all veterans from the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Panama, Grenada, Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and according to the information furnished about the memorial with room for future monuments as needed. There is one monolith honoring all students of West Texas A&M University, from the inception of the college in 1910, who served and were killed or are missing in action.
At the center of the War Memorial is a three step stage and three flag poles flying the U.S. Flag, the Texas State Flag, and the POW/MIA Flag. Around the stage area is a Red, White, and Blue Garden, to honor all veterans and citizens of the Texas Panhandle. It is maintained by a Master Gardeners group.
I do not believe the pictures below need explanation they speak for themselves.