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Texas Agriculture Memorial Day (Nov. 21) Honors Those Who Gave so Much to Agriculture Community (11/16/2017)

At solemn Capitol ceremony, Commissioner Miller to present families with memorial wreath

 

AUSTIN — On Tuesday, November 21, the Texas Department of Agriculture will host the 2nd Annual Texas Agriculture Memorial Day at the Texas Capitol in Austin.  Texas Agriculture Memorial Day is a day to remember the lives and honor the sacrifices of Texas farmers and ranchers who contribute so much to our heritage and our economy.

 

The event, in the Capitol Extension Auditorium, will recognize men and women who have lost their lives or been severely injured while engaged in agricultural-related pursuits, and those who passed away due to other causes but had an active role in the agricultural community.

 

A memorial wreath will be delivered on horseback from the Texas Department of Agriculture offices to the Texas Capitol.  The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will provide a mounted honor guard to accompany the wreath.  Commissioner Sid Miller will accept the wreath on behalf of the families and deliver it to the event.

 

Texas Agriculture Memorial Day was organized by John Paul Dineen, III who lost his son to an agriculture-related accident.  All listed events are open to the public.

 

 

WHEN:

 

Nov. 21, 2017

Wreath delivery: 1:30 p.m.  * MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Texas State Capitol

Wreath delivery via horseback: South Steps

Ceremony: Capitol Extension Auditorium

1100 Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas  78701

WHO:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

John Paul Dineen, III – organizer

DPS mounted honor guard

WHY:

With fewer and fewer Texans engaged in vital industry of agriculture, it is important for all Texans to recognize and appreciate the sacrifice required in producing the food and fiber we all need.

 

 

 

 

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For media interviews with Commissioner Sid Miller or other participants, please contact:

Mark Dallas Loeffler
(512) 475-1669