Key anniversaries this weekend

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Afghanistan

On October 15, 1999, the United Nations al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee adopted Resolution 1267 which linked the groups as terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions on them. On September 9, 2001, al-Qaeda assassinated Ahmad Shah Masoud a commander of an anti-Taliban coalition. Two days later on September 11, 2001 Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda attacked the United States, killing 2,977 Americans and injuring more than 6,000 others. On September 18, 2001 President Bush signed into law a joint resolution authorizing the use of force against those who attacked us. Operation Enduring Freedom (now Operation Freedom’s Sentinel) was launched October 7, 2001, dropping the first bombs on al-Qaeda. On May 1, 2011, United States Special Forces located and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to the Department of Defense, there have been approximately 2,218 U. S. soldiers killed in the war with 20,095 wounded.

Air Force Founding

The Air Force was founded September 18, 1947. In WWII what we now know as the Air Force was part of the Army. Today the Air Force has 333,790 personnel. The Air Force has 118 bombers, 1,377 fighters, 1,294 training aircraft, 253 airlift aircraft, 264 tankers, and 495 other aircraft. Please congratulate any active-duty or veteran Air Force personnel you know and thank them for their service.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center will remember the service members who were held prisoner of war or listed as missing in action in a candle light ceremony Friday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park, 4111 S. Georgia. The ceremony will consist of an invocation, posting of the colors, remarks about our POW and MIA service members, and presentation of a wreath to honor three former POWs who will be in attendance.

We invite you to visit our museum or visit our navigators Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our telephone number is 806-350-8387. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website www.TexasPanhandleWarMemorial.com 

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