HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) took a group of warriors and their families to pay tribute to the fallen on Veterans Day. The gathering provides an opportunity for veterans to not only reflect on their brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice but also forge friendships with other warriors who have shared experiences.
In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn veterans to address their mental health issues. The Fallen Warriors Memorial pays homage to service members from Texas who gave their lives in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. The names of more than 600 warriors are listed on stone blocks in a quiet park in northwest Houston. Last Friday, veterans walked among the names with Cheryl Whitfield, whose efforts made the memorial possible. Warriors laid flowers at the center of the monument, below a map of the combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, next to the words "The fallen, but not forgotten." "I've lived here 12 years and never knew this memorial was here," said Army veteran Jason Denham. "I told all the veterans I know how beautiful it is and how they should come see it." The Texas memorial is designed similarly to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; you can take a memory of fallen service members with you. "I helped another warrior make a rubbing of a family member's name off the memorial," Jason said. Rubbing a pencil on paper over the name on the monument created a keepsake from the day.