The J. Ardis Bell Library is proud to host a very special exhibit this Memorial Day season. The display is presented in memory of all the proud men and women who have given their lives in service to their country. In partnership with Professor David Sallee and the TCC Northeast Campus Student Veterans’ Association, we invite you to join us in paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms.
“The term ‘Gold Star Family‘ is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostility in which [our military was] engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.” *
One such Gold Star household are the Burgess family of Cleburne, Texas. Their son, Staff Sergeant Bryan A. Burgess, was in his 9th year of service with the United States Army, on deployment in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan, when he was killed in action at age 29. Staff Sgt. Burgess was a member of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and was planning on making the Army his career. He was an accomplished athlete, a valued member of his church, a decorated soldier, and a beloved son, husband, and father.
The Staff Sergeant’s father, Terry Burgess, has brought in the Staff Sergeant’s Army field jacket, as well as photos of his son, personal memorabilia from his childhood and teenage years, and a flag from his Airborne Division, among other things. We are both pleased and honored to share his son’s memory, and the memory of his sacrifice, with the entire Northeast Campus community.
Film footage, documenting Sgt. Burgess’s unit during the days leading up to the attack that took his life, was compiled and released in May 2014 as a feature film entitled, “The Hornet’s Nest.” The film was screened last year in a special program on Northeast Campus, sponsored by the Student Veterans’ Association. View the trailer for “The Hornet’s Nest” documentary here. **
* Gold Star Survivors. United States Army. 2016. www.army.mil. Web. 26 May 2016.
** Salzburg, David. “The Hornet’s Nest, Trailer.” YouTube.com. Web. 26 May 2016.
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