STATE REP. PARKER: Honor Our Hometown Heroes as We Celebrate Americas Freedom on the 4th of July

Cities of Flower Mound Roanoke Bartonville Double Oak & Trophy Club hold Celebrations & Parades

By State Rep. Tan Parker

AUSTIN Texas (Texas Insider Report)  With July comes the anticipation of celebrating the birth of our nation and reflecting on the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy. On July 4th families friends and neighbors come together to share in parades festivals backyard gatherings and fly our nations magnificent flag.

This day brings not only a wonderful celebration of freedom but also a time to reflect on just how remarkable it is to call the United States of America home.


With the approaching patriotic holiday my mind begins to fill with the wonderful wisdom of U.S. President Ronald Reagan who once said

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.

We didnt pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for protected and handed on for them to do the same."

While the message has circulated for years the impact is just as meaningful today as it was when President Reagan first spoke those words. So many incredible patriots have paid the ultimate price so that we have the opportunity as Americans to cherish our rights as a free nation life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

This is certainly evident in the Town of Bartonville Texas where the community has recently unveiled a memorial wall honoring two brave young men who fought for every single one of us and whose actions allow freedom to prevail.

Captain Mark Weber (USAF) and Sergeant Michael Jimenez Medlock (USMC) both served with bravery honor integrity and upheld the highest ideals of the United States Armed Forces.

These two heroes were exceptional people with an impeccable dedication to service and duty who have been ultimately engrained in the very fabric of our nation.

width=180They were embraced by their wonderful familes well known within their communities graduated from local high schools and went forth to serve our nation without hesitation.

While I regretfully did not have the privilege of meeting Captain Weber or Sergeant Medlock their families continue to serve as a constant source of light and hope and resiliency. I am most grateful they allowed me to share the stories of their sons in a resolution from the House of Representatives so that the State of Texas will always remember their service. Please stop by Town Hall in Bartonville to see the new memorial and pay tribute to these patriots. The greatest heroes in our society arent those who seek notoriety fortune or fame instead they are the brave who quietly answer the call to serve every day.

Please stop by Town Hall in Bartonville to see the new memorial and pay tribute to these patriots. The greatest heroes in our society arent those who seek notoriety fortune or fame instead they are the brave who quietly answer the call to serve every day.

During this 4th of July holiday lets come together to express gratitude for the many blessings given to us by our Founding Fathers and the brave soldiers who have sacrificed for our nation. Americas strength and prosperity are proof of the long lasting effects of our countrys founding principles and we must never take this for granted.

I fully believe American ideals have remained powerful for 243 years because they represent the universal freedom of all mankind.

Double Oak Texas Volunteer Fire Department

As you take part in the many local celebrations I hope our paths will cross. Here are just a few local events to celebrate Americas independence while also honoring those who serve and protect our freedom today and for generations to come!

Town of Double Oak Parade kicks off their Annual Hometown Parade at 9:30 a.m. with the line-up at Simmons and Oak Trail (North). Parking is provided north and south of Downing Middle School. Stay around for the community picnic starting at 10 a.m. with live music refreshments and activities at the John B. Wright Memorial Park.

The Town of Flower Mounds full day of activities begins with the Annual Childrens Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Eaton and Timber Creek Road. The Flower Mound Annual Independence Fest features Bret Michaels Unbroken World Tour as the headline act and an incredible fireworks finale around 9:50 p.m. Gates open at Bakersfield Park at 5 p.m. with a vintage car show vendor booths refreshments and free activities for children.

The City of Roanokes Annual Independence Day Celebration is Wednesday July 3rd starting at 6 p.m.  The community invites you to join a memorable night of fun with bounce houses a rock climbing wall fantastic fireworks food music and more at Roanoke Community Park.

The Town of Trophy Club starts with their annual Patriot 5K & Fun Run at 7:15 a.m. at Byron Nelson High School followed by the Parade of Patriots at 9:30 a.m. Lastly the Celebration and Fireworks event takes place at Independence Park and features live entertainment activities for kids refreshments and beautiful fireworks around 9:30 p.m.


It is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives and I always welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact my Austin office at 512-463-0688 or email me at Tan.Parker@House.Texas.Gov and dont forget to follow our efforts on your behalf via either Facebook or on Twitter at tparker63.

State Representative Tan Parker represents Texas House District 63.

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