He explained that one year ago, when the Medal of Honor memorial was being dedicated at Mineral Wells High School – the site of Camp Wolters – he was in command of Seventh Battalion, conducting special operations in the African Continent and of a joint unit in Katar.
“Upon that day, I conveyed it to my troops that it's important that you remember those that have gone before you because that is what fuels the fire of imagination of our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen out there that fight on this country's behalf. As a response … they flew these flags above their compound, some of them in the heat of battle, and had a formation last year on the 25th of March to commemorate this wonderful testament to the Medal of Honor winners of this country,” he said pointing to a framed display of six folded flags, “and specifically to this community, the 14 that we have commemorated.
“Those soldiers out there do know and understand Medal of Honor means something, the United States of America means something, and when we see what's been thrown down before us, we are charged with keeping that going,” he added.
Evans concluded by thanking the Fort Wolters Gate Committee for honoring the Medal of Honor awardees and thanking two sets of Medal of Honor awardee relatives – Bill Knight and June Campbell, brother and sister of Jack Knight, a Garner native, and Sandee and Tom Swanson, the widow and brother of Jon Swanson, who were in attendance from Colorado.
One brother's story
Bill Knight, who with his sister June Campbell, was at this year's and last year's ceremonies, said it was an honor to come and represent his brother, Jack Knight, and the 13 other Medal of Honor recipients.
Locally grown, he said their family, which included seven boys and one girl, grew up on a farm just east of Lake Mineral Wells.