Texas Tech hosts Medal of Honor Memorial Dedication Ceremony - FOX34 Lubbock

Texas Tech hosts Medal of Honor Memorial Dedication Ceremony

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Marine Colonel Jay Vargas commemorates the service of others and memorializes their sacrifice at Texas Tech.

Joining him, Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington and Tech President Lawerence Schovanec. The memorial specifically remembered the service of Marine Second Lieutenant George O'Brien and Army PFC Herman Wallace, both Red Raiders.

Colonel Vargas said O'Brien was a medal of honor mentor for him.

"It was George who really told it like it was, what I was going to encounter in the future. And everything that George said to me came true," he said. "Those of you that had the opportunity to meet him, you would have fallen in love with him like I did. He was a toughie, he was a toughie, but boy was he proud of this university."

This memorial is a part of "Stand in Honor Week" among veteran support organizations. They're raising money for a "Monument of Courage" to be built at the War Memorial.

It will commemorate gold star families, Purple Heart heroes and the nine medal of honor recipients from our area.

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