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Dozens attend Memorial Day ceremonies Monday
by Gary Kent
Jun 03, 2011 | 1337 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County veterans stand in formation Monday morning during Memorial Day ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park.
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The crowd at Veterans Memorial Park filled bleachers on each side of the monument area just inside the front gate Monday morning for a Memorial Day event.

Chris Garcia of U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa’s office spoke of the sacrifices that veterans from Bee County have made in the wars fought to defend this country.

Garcia motioned to the names carved in the monument stones and said they were stark testimony to the dedication of veterans who left Bee County to serve.

Most of those present for the event were veterans or family members of veterans who had come for Memorial Day ceremonies at the facility.

For most, it was their first look at the monument area since local veterans had utilized a recent $14,000 gift from Kay and Associates and Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance.

New shrubbery, sod, fill dirt, flagpoles and flags now adorn the site.

Numerous elected officials, other veterans and citizens also stood on the south side of the site to watch the ceremonies.

Daniel Longoria, assistant chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9170, opened the ceremonies with an invocation.

The prayer was followed by comments from American Legion Post 274 Commander Becky G. Ochoa, Joe Richard Rodriguez of Chapter 929 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Bill Gobel, incoming senior vice commander of the VFW.

Later in the event, Glenda Tyra of the VFW post auxiliary, Hilda Rodriguez of the VVA chapter and Regina Coley of the Legion post, laid wreaths at the monuments.

The ceremonies ended with Taps played by Rodriguez and a benediction by Tyra.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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