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Patriot Day commemoration in Williamson County

Military Moms of Texas founder Tracy La Porte holds her grandson while looking at her son's memorial plague.
Military Moms of Texas founder Tracy La Porte holds her grandson while looking at her son's memorial plague.
L. Birkman

In a moving ceremony on Monday at the Nathan Chapman Memorial on the grounds of the Williamson County Justice Center, local citizens observed what many are calling Patriot Day now, in memory of the events of 9-11-01. The memorial is for military members who died serving during the War on Terror. This year, unfortunately, we had four service men from the Round Rock area pass away, bringing the total amount honored at the memorial to seventeen.

This year we lost:

HM3 Brian K. Lundy of the US Navy

Sgt. Paul A. Rivera of the US Army

Sgt. Adam Cody Huckstep of the US Army

and Spc. Alex Hernandez, III of the US Army.

I had the honor to attend the memorial services for three of the four, as I don't believe Spc. Hernandez's family held a service locally. I learned a bit about HM3 Lundy at the service. He had a large family who loved him and his co-workers also admired him. He loved music and was affectionately knows as "Peanut" by many. I also attended services for Sgt. Paul Rivera. He was a very committed, religious man who served as an altar boy at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in downtown Austin for many years. His service was held there and the priest who officiated knew Paul well. The priest shed a few tears when speaking of Paul.

As to Sgt Huckstep, I was privileged to know him, if only slightly. His sister attended the same church youth group as my daughters. His mom, Tracy, founded Military Moms of Texas, due to love of her son, Adam. His family lives a few blocks from my home. Just a few months before he passed away, we spent a bit of time in his mom's hospital room after she had surgery. I could tell in that brief time period that he loved his mom! His large family, including his infant son who was born a few months after his death, mourned his loss and remembered his memory at the ceremony.

Thanks to the Sertoma Club of Georgetown and the Marine Corps League of Texas for hosting this important event.

To learn more about Military Moms of Texas, go to http://www.militarymomsoftexas.com.

A number of elected officials attended the ceremony including State Representative Dr.Charles Schwerter, me, Commissioner Valerie Covey, District Clerk Lisa David, District Judge-Elect Betsy Lambeth, County Attorney-Elect Dee Hobbs, Cedar Park Mayor Pro Tem Tony Dale and Round Rock City Councilmembers Craig Morgan and George White.

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