Veterans ready to honor fallen on Memorial Day

May 21, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The Victoria County Veteran's Council is unique in the state. It consists of members of the 11 different veteran's organizations in Victoria County. Many of these veterans still serve their community, state and nation by volunteering their time, energy and money to help with Warrior's Weekend, Field of Honor, military honors at funerals, VA Clinic, cleaning neglected cemeteries, posting colors, parades and many other activities. When the Veteran's Council is asked to provide military honors for a deceased veteran, these dedicated men are there early and perform their duties with the utmost respect and honor for their departed comrade. I salute these wonderful guys for their dedication and respect.

Every year, the Victoria County Veteran's Council holds a Memorial Day service downtown at DeLeon Plaza to remember our deceased veterans. Active duty, retired military or honorably discharged, it makes no difference. They all answered the call when their country needed them and did their duty, whether it be front line or company clerk. During this service at the gazebo, an average of 140 names are read out loud to the crowd. These are the names of the veterans from Victoria County who have passed away since last Memorial Day. They and their stories are forever gone and will soon be forgotten. They deserve better. Rest at ease, men; your work is done. May God bless you, each and every one.

John Tait, Commander of American Legion Post 166, Victoria



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