A small crowd and a large American flag on the Carroll Avenue overpass in Southlake saluted the annual Medal of Honor ride that made its way along Texas 114 en route to Gainesville on Wednesday.
The Southlake and Grapevine fire departments did their part by hoisting the flag from the ladders of two firetrucks. Further up the highway, the Trophy Club and Roanoke fire departments put on a similar display on Trophy Lake Drive.
“It’s an honor for us to play a small role in showing our gratitude and appreciation for these Medal of Honor recipients,” Southlake Fire Chief Mike Starr said in a news release. “They are all heroes in our eyes.”
Thirty-two law enforcement agencies, 16 fire departments and various groups on motorcycles escorted 22 Medal of Honor recipients from Irving.
A crowd of more than 50 residents in Southlake came by to wave to the motorcade.
Southlake resident Juliet Williams and her three children handed out flags to others in attendance.
“They may not see us,” she said as they stood on the overpass. “They will see that flag. If you’re a veteran, that flag means a lot.”
— Dustin L. Dangli