A favorite stanza from the old hymn, “Follow Me”, came to mind on Monday morning, under cloudy skies, which gave respite from the frequent storms that plagued East Texas the previous day.
“Oh, Jesus if I die upon A foreign field someday,
‘Twould be no more than love demands. No less could I repay,
“No greater love hath mortal man than for a friend to die…”
~ Ira Stanphill
A very honorable ceremony was presented by the V.F.W. Post 10373 and the Proctor Meisenheimer Post of the American Legion.
A light breeze lifted the centerpiece, the American Flag, which gave an occasional soft wave while being flown at halfmast; honoring those who gave their lives defending the freedoms that so many today have taken for granted.
Veterans, families of those who did lose their lives while in service to our country, and many who only have known and have respect those who have served were in attendance, both young and old.
The group assembled, was first addressed by Ken Tomlinson, himself an Air Force Veteran from the Vietnam Era. After a rendition of the National Anthem, he introduced Mayor Cary Heaster who not only welcomed those there, but put words to the feelings of those assembled there.
Musical selections were played throughout the service, which was a sound collage of the anthems and marches of the various branches of the United States Armed Forces and included the National Anthem.
Other veterans and auxiliary members led prayers, shared poems, blessing those there and those who had gone before.
Guest speaker for the gathering…
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