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COLONEL FRED R. HARMON, U.S. ARMY RESERVE

Col. Harmon recently returned in Sept 2015 from a 22 month active duty assignment with the Army Reserve. During his active duty tour, he served in Afghanistan as the Senior Advisor to the Training Command of the Afghan National Police before being assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Hood, Texas.   Currently, he is assigned to the 98th Training Division and is retiring effective June 1 2016

Prior to his last deployment, Col. Harmon was the Commander for the 3rd Battalion 378th Regt. (BCT), 95th Division in Norman Oklahoma.  He served in this position from 2010-2012.  During his 33 years in the Army Reserve, Col. Harmon has served as Displaced Persons Control Officer for the 486th Civil Affairs Company; Platoon Leader for the 745th Military Police Company;  Platoon Leader for the 2-180th Infantry; Company Commander of B Company, 3-291st; Training officer of the 4166th US Army Reserve Forces School; the Special Projects Officer of the 5th Battalion Civil Affairs/PsyOps 3rd Brigade 95th Division; Civil Military Operations Officer of the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion; Direct Support Team Chief of the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion; Detachment Commander of Bravo Company of the 413th Civil Affairs Battalion; Public Safety Officer for the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade; Civil Military Operations Planner, Liaison Officer and Provincial Reconstruction Team Deputy Commander.

Col. Harmon has Mobilized and Deployed 5 times in support of Operation Joint Forge Bosnia Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

His decorations include: Bronze Star (2nd Award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device “V”, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award),  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO Service Medal.

Colonel Harmon is a Lieutenant with the Amarillo Police Department where he has been employed since 1994. He lives in Amarillo with his wife Alicia, and 5 children: Samantha, 20; Alexandra, 17; Ashleigh, 15; Luke, 11; and William, 11. 

Col. Fred R Harmon

For Colonel Harmon's Memorial Day Address please visit Llano's Facebook Page


2016 MEMORIAL DAY

LLANO CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

Monday, May 30, 2016 10:00 A.M.

HONORED HOST

D.A.V. CHAPTER 26

AMARILLO, TEXAS

RICHARD IZATT, COMMANDER

Call to Order

Light Artillery Opening Salvo ................Sons of Confederate Veterans

Aircraft Flyover................................................................. Kurt Landis

Presentation of the Colors...............................................Color Guard,

................................. United States Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadets,

............................................................................. Caprock High School

Bagpiper............................................................................ John Brewer

Invocation........................... Jim Lindsey, Chaplain; D.A.V. Chapter 26

National Anthem ...................................................... The West Texas A&M Quartet

Pledge of Allegiance................................... Richard Izatt, Commander;

..................................................................................D.A.V. Chapter 26

Opening Remarks....................................................... Daniel Martinez,

................................................... President, Llano Cemetery Association

“America The Beautiful” ........................The West Texas A&M Quartet

Introduction of Distinguished Guest...................... Mark Blankenship

..................................... Executive Director, Llano Cemetery Association

Memorial Address

Colonel Robert F. Harmon

United States Army Reserve

Lieutenant, Amarillo Police Department

Laying of the Wreath ............ Navy Operational Support Center Sailors

Escorting………………………………..……Gold Star Mothers and Families

The Raising of the Flags – Llano Cemetery’s

“Avenue of Flags” Tribute ...................... Flags Donated and Raised by

.......................... Families in Honor and Memory of Their Fallen Veteran

Taps...................................................... Wendell Short, D.A.V.; U.S.A.F.

Battlefield Cross Ceremony............................................. Iron Soldiers

“God Bless America”...............................The West Texas A&M Quartet

Light Artillery Closing Salvo...................Sons of Confederate Veterans

The 2016 Avenue of Flags have been donated in Honor
and Memory by the Families of the following Veterans: 

Bryce L. Fesler            Thompie Otis Bunch       Bruce R. Miner
Thomas E. Creek           Stanley Sapp                  Tom Dockery
James Nation               George A. Little              Clifton Housman, Jr.
Carol D. Coulter              James Patton                   Billy Butler
Jackie D. Wood                   Kristy White              Tuck Cornelius
Russell Hawkins             John Carpenter               W.W. Carter
Earnest Austin              Wayne Anderson          Jack E. Graham
Ronald McCuistion       Robert Edgewood Lee     Richard C. Crandall
Guy Yates                            Jon Lund                    Burnell Lund
J. Wayne Gruver              David W. Gruver           Wayland Tolbert
Robert Merriman               Willie E. Robinson        James Bowen 

(For information on how to donate a flag, please see a member of the Llano Cemetery staff.) 

The Board of Directors and Staff of Historic Llano Cemetery gratefully acknowledges
the support and cooperation of all those who participated in today’s ceremony. Without your help and dedication, this service would not be possible.
Families are reminded that floral pieces placed at graves must be removed before Monday, June 6st, so that the maintenance staff may proceed with their work.
Thank you.

*Photography by Fantasy Photography

​2016 NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL SERVICE

National Law Enforcement Memorial Service and Laying of the Wreath took place on Friday, May 15, 2016 at Llano Cemetery Law Enforcement entities from across the Panhandle were represented. May fifteenth was proclaimed National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962 by President Kennedy. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Sheriff Richardson - Randall County Sheriff's Office gave a welcome and his thoughts on our current situation in the Panhandle and across the United States. Sgt. Higgins Amarillo Police Department introduced the ceremony participatants to the audience and welcomed everyone.
Richard Ashford, Chaplain - Potter County Sheriff's Office shared an Officer's Prayer then the rest of the Ceremony continued without hesitation.

Officer's Prayer
Written to all Men and Women who wear a Badge!

Lord, I ask for courage--
Courage to face and conquer my own fears . . .
Courage to take me where others will not go . . .

I ask for strength--
Strength of body to protect others,
and strength of spirit to lead others . . .

I ask for dedication--
Dedication to my job, to do it well,
Dedication to my community, to keep it safe . . .

And please, Lord, through it all, be by my side and protect my family.

[Rom 13:4 KJV] For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Ofc. Renner and or Trumpet “Call to the Color”
Presentation of Colors - Combined color guard (Potter, Randall, APD, DPS)
--Bagpipes - John Brewer

“Star Spangled Banner” was sang by Officer Heather Lee; the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sheriff Thomas, Potter County Sheriff's Office.

Statistics of Lost Officers was recited by Col. Birkenfeld - Amarillo Police Department and were as follows

Statistics of Officers Lost

Nationwide 2015: 128  2016 Thru May 5th: 34 Past ten years: 1545

Texas 2015: 12 2016 Thru May 5th: 3 Past ten years: 137

Roll Call of Lost Officers ***********

Offer of Prayer was given Cpl. Chadwick, Amarillo Police Department; the Rider-less Horse was led by Officer Short. (The caparisoned horse later came to symbolize a warrior who would ride no more. The riding boots reversed in the stirrups represent a fallen leader looking back on his troops for the last time.)

Laying of Memorial Wreath was presented by a Combined wreath escort as John Brewer played “Amazing Grace” on the Bagpipes.
Presentation of Wreath …
Bells Tolled
21 gun salute presented by Potter County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard
Taps played by Shane Watson Pueblo County Sheriff's Office/ Department Public Service


2015 Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Ceremonies across America begin coordinating with 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.  We begin our ceremony here at Llano Cemetery with a full minute of silence to remember the fallen, the prisoners of war, the missing in action and honor those who have served and are serving this great nation's armed services.

Today people gather at this Memorial Site and memorial sites all across America to remember that we are on nation with one flag.  We are all proud to be Americans that live in a free society made up of many people, many races, many walks of life.  The freedoms we enjoy today have not come without a price. Lying before us and in cemeteries throughout this nation are men and women who gave their live so that we can live in freedom and without fear.  The United States of America was founded on the ideals of Freedom, Justice, and Equality.  Our Nation stands as a shining beacon of liberty and freedom to the world.  We thank those who gave thier lives to keep us free and we shall not forget you.  We shall remember.

Wreath Laying:  John Brandon will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Army.

Albert Baca will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Don Spence will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Navy.

Jason Nuy will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Air Force.

Jennifer Nuy will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Coast Guard.

Eloy Herreras will lay the remembrance wreath in memory of those who served and are serving in the United States Merchant Marines.

Bob Wall will lay a remembrance wreath in honor of the 93,129 United States Servicemen from all branches of the service who last know status was either Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.  These individuals have never returned to their families and homes.  We shall never forget you.

The wreaths before you represent our commitment as a United America to remember the fallen.  We also want these remembrance wreaths to symbolize our honor to those who have served and are serving in the armed forces of our great nation and to their families who endure sacrifices everyday on our behalf.

To our children, we want you to understand the freedoms you enjoy today have not been free but have come with a cost that someday, you may have to pay yourself.  As a nation standing together, we can defeat terrorism, hatred and injustice.  Thanks to our Veterans, we have the freedom to do just that.

 

 

Wreaths Across America - Laying of the Wreath

December 13, 2008 was unanimously voted by the US Congress as “Wreaths Across America Day”. Every year Wreaths Across America,a non-profit 501-(c)(3) organization, holds a Ceremony on the second or third Saturday every year.

On the Friday before the Wreaths are placed upon the Veteran's grave site. This year at Historic Llano Cemetery over 450 Wreaths were delivered by Freymiller Trucking, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  They were escorted by the Hard Core Riders of Amarillo.

The Wreaths were placed by the Civil Air Patrol, Hard Core Riders of Amarillo, and Llano Cemetery Maintenance Staff on Friday, December 11, 2015 beginning at 4:00 p.m. C.S.T.

 


2015 10th Annual Twilight Tour - Giants of the Panhandle 

This year's tour was based on the Amarillo Globe-News Prominent Figures of the Panhandle cited in May of 2000. These individuals represent a portion of the individuals who have made the Panhandle what it is today. It is Llano's privilege and honor to represent the individuals and their families that have chosen Historic Llano Cemetery as their final resting place. Join us in honoring these individuals. Thank you to West Texas A&M Forensics Team for being a part of this year's tour. For further detail please link to our Llano Cemetery Facebook Page.


2015 LLANO CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE    Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00AM

HONORED HOST
VFW POST #1475
RICHARD HERMAN, COMMANDER
AMARILLO, TEXAS

Call to Order 

Presentation of the Colors – Color Guard, United States Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadets, Caprock High School
Bagpiper – John Brewer
Invocation – Bill Keener, Chaplain, VFW Post #1475
National Anthem – Rafael Tinajero
Pledge of Allegiance – Richard Herman, Commander, VFW Post #1475
Opening Remarks – Kay Paine, President of Llano Cemetery Association
“America The Beautiful” – The West Texas A&M Singers: Corinna Browning, Soprano; Emily Ambers, Alto; Jeremy Duck, Tenor; Bryson Johnson, Bass;Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert, Director    

Introduction of Distinguished Guest – Mark Blankenship, Executive Director of Llano Cemetery Association

Memorial Address: Congressman Mac Thornberry, United States House of Representatives, 13th District of Texas

Laying of the Wreath - Alice Alonzo, Mother of Lance Corporal Joshua C. Alonzo, United State Marine Corps; Escort – United States Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadets, Caprock High School

The Raising of the Flags – Llano Cemetery’s “Avenue of Flags” Tribute:  Flags Donated and Raised by Families in Honor and Memory of Their Fallen Veteran

21 Gun Salute – The Sons of the Confederacy

Battlefield Cross Ceremony – Iron Cross Soldiers

“God Bless America” – The West Texas A&M Singers

 Memory by the Families of the following Veterans:

 

Joshua C. Alonso


 

J. N. Blankenship


 

William P. Paine


 

Tommy L. Faulkner


 

Teodoro Urenda


 

Manuel Urenda


 

Roy B. Jarnagin


 

George C. Miller


 

Tom M. Kritser


 

Jack B. Kelley


 

Jeff Knickerbocker


 

Ornelas Francisco


 

Harvie D. Austin


 

James A. Homer


 

Percy Sturkie


 

Pablo Orta


 

Herbert L. Greiner, Jr.


 

Jimmie Flowers


 

Hiram Powell, Sr.


 

Hiram Powell, Jr.


 

Lorenzo R. Vigil


 

Jessie G. Wilkins


 

Carlton S. Turley


 

Thomas L. Bunch


 

Darrell Cooper


 

Orland G. Lacer


 

Louis P. Girard


 

Roger W. Murray


 

Edward R. Hogendorn


 

John W. Schehl


 

James L. Breshears


 

Richard Sharp


 

Luther E. Holmes


 

The Board of Directors and Staff of Historic Llano Cemetery gratefully acknowledges the support and cooperation of all those who participated in today’s ceremony. Without your help and dedication, this service would not be possible. Especially the Patriot Guard, The Veteran's Resource Center, The Volleys for Veterans, Troops 80, 87 and Pack 24 and our Maintenance Staff without your help the Veteran flags would not have been raised.

 

National Law Enforcement Memorial Service and Laying of the Wreath took place on Friday, May 15, 2014 at Llano Cemetery  Law Enforcement entities from across the Panhandle were represented. May fifteenth was proclaimed National Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962 by President Kennedy.  Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Sheriff  Brian Thomas, Potter County Sheriff's Office, greeted the attendants then Corporal Chadwick, Amarillo Police Department, opened the Memorial in prayer. The trumpet ""Call to Arms" and the "Presentations of Colors" was presented in a combined Color Guard consisting of Amarillo Police Department, Potter County Sheriff, Randall County Sheriff, and Department of Public Safety. Retired Sgt. Gary Sutton, Amarillo Police Department sang "Star Spangled Banner".  The "Pledge of Allegiance" was led by Chief Taylor, Amarillo Police Department.. Color Guard retreats Colors.

Statistics of Lost Officers is presented by Sheriff Joel W. Richardson of Randall County. Sheriff Richardson stated  "I just returned from a similar event like this in Austin and there were less than half the people there that are standing here today.  It sure makes proud to call Amarillo home so I know if trouble starts up like in Baltimore or Ferguson I know my city will be standing behind me supporting me rather in front of me fighting me.  Your support is appreciated."

In 2014 there were 113 Line of Duty deaths, up 89% from 2013.
11 were in Texas which was third highest in the nation behind New York with 17 and California with 15.
129 Males 4 Females
Average age: 40
Average Tour of Duty: 12 years, 8 months

Year to date in 2015 there have been 44 Line of Duty deaths
Three States have the most 4 each.
Texas, Mississippi and Alabama
44 Male 0 Female
Average Age: 40
Average Tour of Duty: 13 years, 6 months

Offer of Prayer by Robert Ashford, Chaplain, Potter County Sheriff Office; Riderless Horse escorted by Officer Short. Laying of the Wreath presented by a Combined Wreath Escort. "Amazing Grace" played by John Brewer on bagpipes. 21 Gun Salute by Randall County Sheriff Office Honor Guard then the playing of Taps by Shane Watson Potter County Sheriff Office/Department of Public Safety.

 

Llano's 9th Annual Historical Twilight Tour - Our Ninth Annual Historical Twilight Tour in partnership with Panhandle Plains Historical Museum was a success! This year's focus was on the Pioneer Women.  Thank you to all who joined us from near and afar!  Photographs provided by our Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Staff Member Stephanie Price - Thank you!


LLANO CEMETERY ASSOCIATION 2014 MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

Annual Cemetery Cleanup Day - May 17, 2014

Thank you for your participation in this year's Cleanup.  It is encouraging to have so many individuals join us at Historic Llano Cemetery to preserve what has been left to us. We appreciate each of you and look forward to each year's gathering. Thank you for your hard work!