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.”