Victoria celebrates Memorial Day with a downtown ceremony
May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.
When: 10 a.m. Monday.
Where: De Leon Plaza.
Veterans who served and died will be honored with a ceremony in downtown Victoria on Monday morning.
The celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of the courthouse with a flag blessing and the performance of the national anthem. Then 32 flags will be distributed at cemeteries in the area in honor of veterans and flags will be lowered to half mast.
The group will reconvene in front at De Leon Plaza at 10 a.m., where the names of 138 veterans Victoria County who died in the past year will be read aloud, said John Tait, commander of Post 166 of the American Legion.
Memorial Day started as Decoration Day, a holiday to honor fallen soldiers who served in the Civil War.
The holiday was expanded to include all fallen veterans after World War I. Congress made the last Monday in May a federal holiday in 1971.
Tait said he feels it is important to honor veterans with this holiday.
He said he hopes celebrations like these will also serve to remind younger generations what veterans went through.
Some people never knew their children or grandchildren because they died serving their country, Tait noted.
"They are guys who dropped everything when Uncle Sam needed them, people from farm boys to professional athletes," Tait said. "They dropped everything to serve, and some of them didn't come back, and that's what we recognize."