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A PLACE OF HONOR
by Bill Clough
Nov 11, 2013 | 14 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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It is Beeville's largest park and arguably the most used. Its 200 acres contain a golf course, 10 baseball fields, 35 picnic tables, a football/soccer field, two pavilions, swings, slides, seesaws and monkey bars and lots of speed bumps. But close to the entrance on Minnesota Street is a special place kept cleaned and watered — a memorial for veterans who died in the service of their country since World War I, supposedly the war to end all wars. Standing at attention behind the names etched in marble are seven flagpoles for eight flags (the American flag and the Texas flag share a single pole). Its relevance is particularly felt on the days of the year designated to honor veterans ­— Armistice Day, which became Veterans Day, and Memorial Day...or any day when someone takes the time to stop what they are doing, to ignore the cellphones and the iPads, to silence the iPods and the car radios and quietly search out the hidden corners of the park to reflect on why the park is so named and the names of those so honored. What the famous World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote before leaving for the Pacific Theater, where he was killed, still applies today:

There is nothing we can do for the ones beneath the wooden crosses, except perhaps to pause and murmur, “Thanks, pal.”
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