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      Claude community pays respect to veterans

      Some of the greatest heroes are those who've served our country.

      Saturday, August 3, 2013 Claude, Texas honored a special veteran and many others like him at the Armstrong County Veterans Memorial.

      The Memorial has been placed in memory of Charles H. Roan, a man who was born and raised in Claude and gave his life in 1944 when he used himself to absorb a hand grenade to protect his fellow soldiers.

      Veterans gathered to honor the services of their fellow comrades and view the memorial. Many veterans said it meant a great deal to them to see the community's patriotism and support.

      The memorial project has been created by the American Legion Harold Gist Post 344 in Claude.

      Commander, Don Sherman said the Post wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the men and women who bore the burden and sacrifice of standing up for that which we, as Americans truly believe.

      "It's an honor for me to be the Commander of this and actually get to dedicate it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me," said Sherman "I'm just extremely proud and I'm proud of all the community, the way they've backed us and their involvement. It's just been a wonderful, wonderful thing."

      The American Legion Post 344 is taking donations to help finish the memorial that commemorates Armstrong County veterans dating back to the dozen or so Civil War veterans and spanning forward to the present day veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Information on how you can donate or purchase a granite block can be found on {<}{>}.