September 11 will forever be etched into the minds of many as the new, “day which will live in infamy.”The date has become a poignant reminder that we never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle as a result of what occurred on that day. It’s also timely to note the efforts being made to keep those memories alive with the creation of a memorial for future generations to treasure and reflect upon.That’s where the Parker County Gold Star Families (PCGSF) and the Horsemen for Christ come in.The PCGSF, which is part of a national organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country, and the Horsemen for Christ, whose primary calling is to minister to those involved in the cutting horse industry, are combining efforts for a silent auction, live auction and raffle to raise funds for a memorial.“This will be our first attempt at fund-raising - and it will be successful,” said Kaye Jordan, mother of Austin Staggs, 19, who was killed in action on Nov. 29, 2010. “Jerry and Vickie Durant have graciously offered the Silverado Arena to host the hometown fundraiser during the Brazos Bash."To the PCGSF, it is a personal mission that is near and dear to their hearts.“It’s hard for a mother to think her child is gone,” Jordan said. “We don’t want our boys to be forgotten because they have given everything so that we could have everything.”Jordan said there are more than eight Gold Star Families in Parker County - with the most recent loss of Clayton Beauchamp, 21, who was killed in action on Aug. 7, 2012.She said the City of Weatherford has granted them Soldier Spring Park for their memorial site. “The mission for the PCGSF is to raise money to build the memorial park so that everyone can show their respect, and to honor our boys along with all of our Parker County military past, present and future,” Jordan added. “We are asking for donations to help us build the memorial park, and to help our hearts heal from the loss of our sons and daughters.”She said the silent auction donation items have been “great” - from an autographed guitar by Kid Rock to signed footballs, one from Emmett Smith the other by Roger Staubach just to name a few. Donations will go to help purchase flag poles, PCGSM archway, fountain/waterfall, landscaping, benches, ADA walkways, monuments and statues.Jordan said donating a tax-exempt gift is critical in helping the PCGSF's honor “our hometown heroes” in the building of a memorial park, and to allow Horsemen for Christ to continue to share the gospel.The Brazos Bash, a National Cutting Horse Association event, runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 6 with the silent auction, live auction and raffle on Sept. 28.Jordan said those wishing to make a donation to the PCGSF, a 501(c)3 organization, can do so by calling 817-988-2202.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter