Update for July 24, 2014
Observe Memorial Day the way it was intended
By Diane Cosgrove
Monday marks a solemn day of remembrance for all Americans and offers an outlet for their gratitude to the many brave women and men who gave their lives in service to our country. Before you run off to the ranch for a family barbecue, consider taking the kids to one of the area ceremonies to demonstrate to them why we celebrate this day and who it was designed to honor.
In Hondo, the American Legion is coordinating this year’s celebration at Memorial Park beginning at 9 a.m. Mon., May 26. Brig. Gen. Victor Ortiz (retired) is the featured speaker, Linda Perkins will sing the national anthem and “America,” and a member of the Mighty Hondo Owl Band will play “Taps.”
Post Commander Donato “Don” Rios said that members hoped to have a good turnout in honor of Medina County’s and America’s fallen heroes. Be sure to remember to bring your lawn chairs
The D’Hanis Lions Club will hold their annual Memorial Day service at Holy Cross Cemetery Mon., May 26, at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
In Castroville, the Weiss-Wurzbach Post #460 of the American Legion will continue its annual tradition of conducting a Memorial Day service beginning at 11 a.m. on Mon., May 26 at September Square. The Post extends an open invitation to its fellow comrades in arms, from retirees to active duty personnel, guard and reserve members and veterans and their families to join in the Memorial Walk from the Legion Hall at 1305 Fiorella Street to the square before the ceremony. Be at the Legion Hall at 10:30 a.m. to form up and be ready to walk at 10:45 a.m. sharp.
The motorcycle group, “Legion Riders,” will take part in the parade. Cadets from the AFJROTC unit at MVHS will bear the colors.
The ceremony is expected to include a performance by the St. Louis Church Choir and speeches by Mayor Bob Lee and Retired USAF Lt. General Herman O. Thompson. A wreath will be laid at the flagpole in honor of fallen troops.
If you are working on Memorial Day, then you and yours can join the flag placing team on Sat., May 24, at 8:30 a.m. at the Old St. Louis Cemetery just off Hwy. 90. From there the team spreads out across town placing more than 200 American flags on graves of Veterans in seven area cemeteries.
The City of Natalia, in conjunction with American Legion Post #371, will host their annual Memorial Day Ceremony Mon., May 26, at 11 a.m. in front of the Veterans Memorial Monument at 2079 State Highway 132 N. Guest speaker will be Dr. Joseph E. Milligan, one of the original 12 F-4 Wild Weasel pilots assigned to fly Top Secret Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Hunter-Killer missions in North Vietnam. Additionally, all names of those killed in action from Medina County will be read and remembered.
Memorial Day starts the annual drive to add new names to Natalia’s Memorial Monument. Applications are available at the ceremony, at the Natalia City Office or online at www.cityofnatalia.com. Everyone is invited to attend.
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