Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial candlelight vigil Wednesday night at the old Tolar football field to pay tribute to a real hometown hero, Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens, an Army Special Forces member who was killed at age 39 in battle on Sept. 28 in Afghanistan.
VFW District Chairman Jim Trimble introduced featured speakers Jamie Gray, Troy Armstrong and Dwayne Morris.
Representatives from the Army Special Forces Association presented one of their flags to the Stephens family in honor of the Green Beret.
The candles were lighted at 8:20 p.m., then the Tolar High School Band played the school song while the attendees raised their hands for a Rattler salute for the former football standout who graduated from THS in 1991.
All due respect
A solemn silence fell over the old Tolar football field as taps resonated over the speakers at Wednesday’s memorial candlelight tribute for Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens. The 1991 graduate of Tolar High School and Army Special Forces member was killed on Sept. 28 during combat in Afghanistan. Speakers included Jamie Gray, Troy Armstrong and Dwayne Morris.
Show of support
Hundreds came out in support of Tolar’s Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens, killed in action during combat in Afghanistan. Riley was a career soldier and would have marked his 20th year in the service in January.
Hometown support from the heart
As representatives from the VFW post colors, attendees hold their hands to their hearts as they stood at attention at Wednesday’s candlelight tribute for Tolar’s Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens.
Tribute for a true hero
Proud members of Granbury’s VFW Post 7835 pay respect to Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens’ family during the posting of the colors at Wednesday’s ceremony.