First in order of importance, though, should be the solemn Memorial Day ceremony which will be observed in many nearby communities, from Ray Point and Mineral to Cestohowa and Woodsboro.
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for the courageous men and women of the U.S. armed forces who died while serving this nation. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and grateful volunteers place American flags on each grave in the national cemeteries.
In Beeville, the VFW Post 9170 and Auxiliary are hosting their annual service at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Monday. Also participating will be the American Legion Post 274 and Auxiliary and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 929.
County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, a Vietnam War Marine veteran, said the guest speaker will be John Schneider, retired U.S. Marine Corps, who served in 1991 in the first Iraqi war.
Also saying a few words will be Frank Gonzales, commander of the VFW; Becky G. Ochoa, commander of the American Legion; and Mario Muniz, president of the VVA.
Rodriguez said, “Many don’t realize this isn’t as much about the veterans but about those killed in action. They forget that these were kids who were killed who didn’t get to live the rest of their lives, become parents and grandparents... They did a very noble deed, dying for our freedom.”
Those who attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and umbrella. Giving up about 45 minutes is a small sacrifice to remember those who gave their all.
After the national holiday, don’t forget to go to the polls on Tuesday to help decide the Democratic and Republican primary elections.
As of Thursday morning, some 693 Democrats and 435 Republicans had already cast early ballots in the primaries, according to the county clerk’s office. However, early voting ended Friday at the courthouse.
A listing of polling places, local races and sample ballots are in this issue to inform citizens before they perform their civic duty.
Have a wonderful weekend, remember our fallen heroes and go vote. They died for your freedoms.
– Chip Latcham