The owners of Divine Flowers, Tuscan Slice and Blooms & more chose to make a very special donation to Pfc. Joel Ramirez’s family in honor of Veterans Day.

A flower arrangement designed by Divine Flowers, arrayed with red, white and blue in the shape of a cross was placed at the Wall of Dreams, a veterans memorial wall dedicated to soldiers from Ellis County who were killed while serving in the military from Sept. 11, 2001 to the present.

Ramirez’s mother, Irma, was presented with a dozen red roses by Blooms & more in remembrance of the sacrifice Joel made for his country. And the owners of Tuscan Slice provided dinner for the family.

Carl Mullins was the visionary behind the wall and said he received numerous calls concerning the issue of holding a special ceremony at the wall.

“I had a lot of people calling me to see if we were going to do anything special for Veterans Day at the wall,” Mullins said. “I didn’t have anything planned, but felt that we needed to do something.”

He said he placed several calls to people in the community and was thrilled when these businesses chose to participate.

“This is a very important time of year,” he said. “It’s a time to remember our fallen heroes and I’m going to keep on doing it.”

Mullins said that although Ramirez’s name is the only name on the wall at this time, he does anticipate adding more names to the wall in the near future. However, he added that just because there’s only one name doesn’t mean people shouldn’t take time to still visit the wall.

“The memorial is still very significant no matter how many names are there,” he said. “I hope people will feel compelled to visit it every once in a while.”

Ramirez was a soldier who was killed in the line of duty in April 2011. His name is the first to be displayed on the Wall of Dreams. However the wall will feature engraved plaques with the name, rank, branch of service, conflict and hometown of fallen heroes from the Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Through the effort of Mullins, residents and business owners the memorial became a reality for Mullins. It was funded and constructed entirely through donations and volunteers. It is located at 3295 North U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.

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