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DRT/UDC grave medallions dedicated for Mikulencak
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Five members of the SOCV, dressed in Confederate uniforms, fire antique rifles in salute to Sandra Mikulencak and her Confederate great-grandfather, Emanuel Stroman.
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Under sunny skies and brisk, northerly breezes on Saturday, March 3, a crowd of approximately 60 folks, from babes in arms up to of 90 plus years of age, gathered at the Papalote Protestant Cemetery in south Bee County to pay tribute and dedicate memorial medallions at the gravesite of Sandra Cornett Mikulencak.

The medallions represented her membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The ceremony was led by officers of the Clara Driscoll Chapter of the DRT of Corpus Christi; the president of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the UDC #1437; and a cousin of the deceased, 1st Sgt. Gary Cornett of Corpus Christi’s Col. A. M. Hobby Camp #713 of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans.

The program started off with pledges to the flags of the United States, Texas and Confederate States of America, followed by prayer and tributes from the officers of the three organizations. Five members of the SOCV, dressed in Confederate uniforms, fired antique rifles in salute to the deceased and her Confederate great grandfather, Emanuel Stroman. Large yellow roses to represent Texas were placed on the grave by each DRT member present. Smaller yellow roses were placed on the grave by family members. One large white magnolia was placed on the grave by the UDC president to represent the Confederate States of America.

Following the ceremonies, family members planted potted bluebonnets around the tombstone.

In tribute to the deceased, UDC Chapter President Janis Wood reported that Mrs. Mikulencak had been a charter member and tireless worker in that organization, having served in almost every office. As a DRT member since 1993, Chapter President Sylvia Budd reported that Sandra was just as avid in her work for that organization, often preferring to work behind the scenes but never letting any job go neglected or half-done. She was also lauded for having spread her love for history among her family and friends, and for having enlisted all of her grandchildren into the Children of the Republic of Texas.

In an email on March 4, Cpl. Robert Hayden of 6th Texas Infantry, “Alamo Rifles” Camp 1325 SOCV “Alamo City Guards” of San Antonio wrote, “As the crowd drifted away from the cemetery, you could hear the wind whistling through the oaks that were surrounded by new green grass, a new wildflower springing up here and there. You could hear it in the wind, ‘This is where we come from. This is Texas.’ Of all the places in the world you might find final rest, where could be more appropriate, more peaceful, or nearly so grand? I couldn’t think of a single one.”
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