Relatives Attend Pat Carrigan Memorial Day Ceremony

- A Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday morning to honor Lt.  Pat Carrigan, the first Wichita Falls native killed in World War I.

The ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 120 at Riverside Cemetery.

Lt. Carrigan's relatives attended but so did descendants of a soldier Carrigan saved nearly 100 years ago.

This statue at Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls pays tribute to Lt. Pat Carrigan, the first Wichita Falls native killed during World War I. And this ceremony at Riverside Cemetery honored his life and his sacrifice.

"Pat Carrigan paid the ultimate price during WWI on October 8, 1918," read Glenn Barham, mayor of Wichita Falls.

The ceremony was hosted by American Legion "Pat Carrigan" Post 120 and was attended by descendants of Lt. Carrigan, whose descendants carried on in his footsteps to serve this country.

"My father served in WWII and my cousin Bill's father served in WWII and my cousins have served and it's just important that we remember the fallen veterans.  If we don't we're gonna not appreciate our heritage," says Pat Carrigan Hawkins, a descendant of Lt. Pat Carrigan.

A heritage Jim Bray says would not have continued through the years if it had not been for Lt. Carrigan.

"My grandfather was Tige Renshaw, who Pat Carrigan saved, getting him out of a barbed wire fence, along with another soldier," says Jim Bray, a descendant of Tige Renshaw.

"He was shot in the neck by a German sniper.  We must remember our fallen vets because we wouldn't have the freedoms that we have today if it wasn't for them," Hawkins adds.

Although American Legion Post 120 has held a Memorial Day ceremony for numerous years, Carrigan's descendants say this was the first time ancestors of Tige Renshaw have attended.

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