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By adriana_acosta
May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

A Memorial Day service was held on Monday at Cedarvale Cemetery to honor the fallen. Post commander and Ladies Auxiliary placed the Memorial wreath at the flag pole. A total of 1,145 U.S. flags were placed at the gravestones of the fallen soldiers who served in the military.

When Skipper Osborne returned from serving in Vietnam, his welcome was cut short.

"With people opposing the war at the time, the welcome home was very different," said Osborne.

That is why it is important to have these services to honor and remember the fallen, he added.

On Monday, a Memorial Day service took place at Cedarvale Cemetery to honor the men and women who gave their lives serving their country. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2438 and the Ladies Auxiliary performed the ceremony.

A total of 1,145 U.S. flags were placed at the gravestones of the fallen soldiers who served in the military, including the placing of the Memorial wreath, rifle salute and TAPS.

They answered the call, said Ken Thames, Jr. historian for VFW Post 2438.

"They are extra ordinary, their willingness to sacrifice their lives for those they didn't know," said Thames to the audience.

Thames spoke to the crowed about the history of Memorial Day and shared the importance of the day.

Thames said that too often, Memorial Day is simply seen as a day off from work or it marked the beginning of summer and the end of school.

"If the fallen could speak to us, what would they say?" asked Thames. "Would they console us, perhaps they would say that while they could not know that they would be called upon to storm a beach, through a hail of gunfire, they were willing to give up everything for the defense of our freedom."

The Matagorda County Cavalry also attended the Memorial Day program.

"This is a great opportunity to show our respects for our fallen American heroes," said Danny Lee, committee member for the Matagorda County Cavalry.

The Matagorda County Cavalry, organized by the local motorcycle community comes together to provide escorts for families who are serving, have served in the military, law enforcement, firefighters or emergency medical service in Matagorda County.

Osborne said he will continue the Memorial Day service tradition to honor those who serve and gave their lives for freedom.

"A day like this means a lot more to us than you would think, " he said.



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