They were soldiers once... and young
by Jeff Latcham
May 25, 2013 | 1732 views | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Watching the Parade that Never Was file down Washington Street several Saturdays ago, it was hard not to get a lump in your throat.

The hundreds of men and women who marched and rode in the parade ranged from young vets fresh from Afghanistan and Iraq to the aging veterans from World War II.

You couldn’t help but sense the pride and feel the adrenaline of once young men, signing over their lives to this nation and showing up green as the grass for boot camp.

Interspersed between the floats and rows of vets came the empty spaces. It wasn’t hard to imagine their fallen comrades marching in line there too. They, who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms to do as we legally please including to be completely oblivious to this holiday, deserve our reverence Monday.

This Memorial Day, starting at 10 a.m. at the veterans’ memorial site at Veterans Memorial Park, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9170 will host their traditional ceremony, assisted by the American Legion Post 274 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 929.

Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. will be the keynote speaker in what may be an emotional address following the recent death of his younger brother, Joe, warrant officer/deputy.

All are encouraged to attend and remember those who gave their lives for this nation.

– Jeff Latcham
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Joe Del Bosque
June 26, 2013
I participated in the parade I also got lumps in my throat. I was borned in Normanna. I was Honorably discharged in November 1965 I felt my mission as soldier was incomplete. I reenlisted for 6 years in February 1966. I knew my destination would Vietnam. I left behind, like many fellow soldiers a young wife and 9 month baby. I had a cause. I loved freedom in America. I served with the 1 Calvary division and 1st Infantry Div, the Big Red One. I made back two of my Pettus School colleagues didn't. They the ultimate! Robert Salinas and Dionocio Carrizales. They will always be my heroes. American people know how we were welcomed home. Thank you Beeville and America for welcoming us home!!!