On Tuesday, the 19th of March, the Mayor and City Commission of Amarillo made a formalÂ proclamationÂ in support of the USAF 7 Summit Challenge’s upcoming trip to Mt. Everest. Maj Marshall attended on behalf of the team of six Airmen climbers, three wounded Airmen, and three Airmen trekkers. Â Two Amarillo banks were directly responsible for sending two Wounded Warriors up to Everest Base Camp with the team of climbers as part of their recovery from traumatic injuries/experiences.
When the people of Amarillo heard about the plans for Everest and taking injured military members to Base Camp, they came together to show their patriotism and caring by spreading the word and helping raise money. Â It was a moving experience and one that underscores how a project like this can rally a community and bring everyone closer together.
Amarillo used to have an Air Force base for many years, but it was closed as the Cold War died down. Â Even though the base is gone, there is an affinity for the Air Force in this north Texas town and they certainly love to support military members, both current and past.