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Second Baptist Church hosts Memorial Day service for Gold Star families

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Second Baptist Church hosted its' sixth annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday. Pastor, Jake Maxwell said it was a small effort, but one he was grateful to be apart of.

"It's more than a Monday off, there's a lot of meaning and a lot of grief," Maxwell said. "And as a community maybe one of our small roles is that we can walk together, with one another in grief. You don't have to carry that burden alone."

Organizer of the event Danny Koch said due to COVID-19, masks were worn, social distancing was practiced and a smaller number of people were invited.

"It was disruptive, there were changes, the weather was bad," Koch said. "But nonetheless, it all worked out well."

Veteran of Foreign War, Benny Guerrero agreed.

"It's changing how we're honoring our fallen but it doesn't take away the meaning," Guerrero said. "It was really hard to keep that six feet of separation."

The ceremony honored 35 Gold Star families who've lost a loved one in war.

"Gold star families are special, they have a hole in their heart that'll never go away," Guerrero said. "Their son or daughter sacrificed their lives for our freedom."

Gold Star mother, Vicki Nickel shared her story on stage. She lost her son Sgt. Cameron Meddock in Afghanistan last year. 

"With Cameron's very last breath that he took on his own, he was the happiest he had ever been, married to his best friend, expecting his first child, and doing a job that he loved," Nickel said. "The cost of freedom, I felt it to the core of my soul."

"Gold Star families probably ask why, why my son or why my daughter?" Guerrero said. "Their responses would be, 'if not me mom then who? It's my turn.' And so honoring the sacrifice is what Memorial Day means to me."

Guerrero said a soldier truly dies when he or she is forgotten and it's the job of those who enjoy the freedoms they gave us, to never forget.


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