New plaque to be unveiled at Victoria Memorial Day event

May 27, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.

Col. David Eisenstadt

Col. David Eisenstadt

Coordinators of this year's Memorial Day Program say the event will be one Victoria residents do not want to miss.

"It's a patriotic expression," said Peter Riesz, Victoria County Veterans Council treasurer and chairman of the monument committee. "It's not just for veterans, it's for them and other civilians."

During the program, which takes place Monday on the steps of the Victoria County Courthouse, a recast plaque will be presented, boasting a more accurate list of soldiers who died in World War I.

Sixty-seven years ago, a plaque honoring the soldiers was presented in the same courthouse location.

However, 11 names were mistakenly left off the plaque.

The inaccuracy of the plaque as well as the wear and tear it had sustained over the years, prompted the Victoria County Veterans Council to have the plaque recast to include the names of the soldiers that were inadvertently omitted the first time.

Elsie Wurdel, whose father died in World War I and who unveiled the original plaque in 1937, will be on hand to re-dedicate the new plaque.

The 93-year-old Victorian was 21 at the time of the first dedication.

"I think it's a fantastic coincidence she's still alive," said Riesz.

The programs agenda also includes a flag raising and lowering, placing of the wreaths and a speech given by Gary Dunnam, director of the Victoria County Heritage Department.

Council members hope to have a high turnout at the event.

"We hope to have a record high because this is a special one," said council member Marvin Lockhart II. "This is Memorial Day. The reason we have our way of life today is because it was made available to us by veterans who sacrificed their lives."

Area cities are also holding Memorial Day services.


Port Lavaca: Calhoun County Courthouse; American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, American G.I. Forum; laying of the wreaths ceremony, 9 a.m., Monday, in front of the courthouse, 211 S. Ann St.; lowering of the flag at half-staff.

Memorial Medical Center American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, American G.I. Forum; names on the wall of the courthouse will be read, 10 a.m., Monday, 815 N. Virginia St.


Cuero: DeWitt County Courthouse veterans' monument, 10 a.m. Monday, sponsored by American Legion Post 3, guest speaker Thomas Foegelle, DeWitt County Veterans Service Officer, taps by County Judge Ben Prause.

Yorktown: Yorktown Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Monday, sponsored by American Legion Post 272 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8136, roll call of war dead from Yorktown, corsages to Gold Star mothers who lost sons in wars and to widows of servicemen lost in combat, wreath laying at veterans' memorial on library grounds, guest speaker wounded veteran Sgt. Robert Henline.


Goliad: LaBahia Nursing Home, for residents at nursing home or volunteers, 10 a.m. Monday, watermelon and cantaloupe for the veterans to follow with board games. A bingo game will begin at noon for an hour. 204 W. LaBahia Drive. For more information 361-645-8902.


Hallettsville: Friday, Veterans Memorial, U.S. Highway 77 North (next to Chamber of Commerce), 10 a.m., sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Lavaca County Chapter 854, guest speaker Don Kennedy, executive vice president, Texas State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Hallettsville: American Legion Hall, 10:30 a.m., Monday, sponsored by American Legion Post 230, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7682 and ladies auxiliaries of both posts, speaker Terry Landrum, American Legion Post 230 and VFW Post 6382 commander.

Shiner: Veterans War Memorial, Green-Dickson Park, music starts at 8:30 a.m. Monday, program at 9 a.m., guest speaker Col. David Eisenstadt, USAF, flyover, community wreath presentation, patriotic music.

Yoakum: Yoakum Fire Station, 10 a.m. Monday, sponsored by Hub City Post 2456 Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 395, guest speaker Lavaca County Judge Ronnie Leck.

Moulton: Moulton City Cemetery pavilion, 9 a.m. Monday, sponsored by Moulton American Legion Post 392, guest speaker Moulton school district superintendent Michael Novotny.


Refugio: VFW 6290, presentation will be made to daughter of World War II veterans, 10 a.m., Oakwood Cemetery, Monday, corner of Suntide and Toup Road. Guest speaker, County Judge Rene Mascorro. For more information contact the VFW 6290 at 361-526-2126.

Woodsboro: Woodsboro Town Veterans, to honor veterans who have passed away, 1 p.m., Sunday, Woodsboro Town Square. Guest speakers, women who have served in the military. For more information contact Leo Abila at 361-354-3654.



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