PORTLAND – In honor of those soldiers that have fallen, officials held Memorial Day services all over county.
In Sinton, the Battle-Scarred Bandaids held a Quilt of Valor presentation to honor 20 local veterans and give them handmade patriotic quilts on Saturday.
Mathis held their annual march to Veterans Memorial Monument at Ramsower Park on Monday where local officials and veterans spoke about the friends and family that they’ve lost during service.
But perhaps the event held in Portland spoke for them all this past weekend when Richard Martinez of the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi had this to say during the ceremony.
“On this memorial day weekend, we remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives in the service of our country,” Martinez said during prayer. “When the need was greatest, they stepped forward and did their duty to defend the freedoms that we enjoy and to win the same for others.”
“God, you yourself have taught us that no love is greater than which gives itself to another. Help us to honor their memory by caring for the family members that they have left, by ensuring that their wounded comrades are properly cared for, by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms with which they gave their lives and by demanding that no other young men and women should follow them to a soldier’s grave. Unless the reason is worthy and the cost is just.”
“Holy One help us remember that freedom is not free. There are times when the cost is indeed dear. Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price to ensure that freedom would be our legacy.”
“Though their names may fade with the passing of generations, may we never forget what they have done.”
“Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice, with gratitude and honor our Lord, help us to be worthy. Amen.”
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Veterans march down North Duval Street to the Veterans Memorial Monument on Monday.
Fallen soldiers Jose Luis Maldonado, Andres Aguilar and Colton Rusk were honored at Mathis' Memorial Day service on Monday.
A Memorial Day service was held at Ramsower Park in Mathis at the Veterans Memorial Monument.
Local veterans prepare to display flags at Monday's Memorial Day tribute.
A child plays around at Ramsower Park in Mathis at the Memorial Day service.
Al Pachecho gives a message about Memorial Day at Ramsower Park in Mathis on Monday.
Mathis Chief of Police Marshal Scott Roush speaks at the Memorial Day service on Monday.
Families of recently fallen soldiers along with Mathis Chief of Police Marshal Scott Roush gather to place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial Monument.
Local veterans fire their guns for a 21-gun salute at Mathis' Memorial Day service on Monday.
Al Pecheco plays "taps" on a bugle on Monday at Mathis' Memorial Day service.
A pair of pups showed their support for the military decorated with bears dressed in each armed forces fatigues during Portland's Memorial Day ceremony Sunday morning.
Service members from not just Portland, but the entire county were remembered for their service Sunday in fron of hte Portland Police Station.
The Veterans Band of Corpus Christi presented a flag for the United States Army and were joined by local Army vets during Portland's ceremony.
Portland City Manager Randy Wright opened up Sunday's ceremony in Portland.
The Veterans Band of Corpus Christi presented the POW•MIA flag in honor of veterans who were captured or those who were missing in action.
The Veterans Band of Corpus Christi presented quilts during the Battle-Scarred Bandaids' Quilt of Valor presentation on Saturday honoring 20 local veterans. The vets were each given handmade patriotic quilts during a ceremony held at Butterchurn Restaurant in Sinton.
Army Veterans were honored along with other armed services during Sinton's ceremony.
A flag from the Marine Corps was joined by Sinton veterans who served in the branch of military.