While I was out there today I overheard someone complaining that this event wasn’t supposed to be advertised but the Dallas Morning News ran something on it anyway. I hope that this doesn’t count as advertising but this really is a great event. They can’t put on a memorial service this good each year and not expect the word to get out.
I’d been meaning to get out to the cemetery for some time now to take some experiment with my camera. I still haven’t learned how to set it manually and that would have really helped today with all of the clouds.
I got there just as the color guard was arriving at the service. The event is in the back of the Pecan Grove Memorial Cemetery where there is some wide open space with no headstones. Entry was free and we were directed to park along the roads throughout the cemetery.
There is some free seating available but each year the crowd is a little bigger and it’s wise to bring your own chairs for sitting. Mayor Loughmiller spoke to the crowd and introduced Congressman Ralph Hall. Congressman Sam Johnson usually also attends but was unable this time due to a family emergency. Congressman Hall was a delightful speaker, paying homage to our veterans and even cracking a few jokes.
After the speeches, we were treated with a flyover by a Stearman open cockpit WWII Trainer bi-plane flown by Ched Bart of the Perot Group.
There were a lot of different types of uniforms, current and historic. Pecan Grove Cemetery, by the way, is the resting place of soldiers from pretty much all of the wars and conflicts. According the program there are soldiers from the Texas Revolution, the Mexican War and the Civil War (193 Confederate, 18 Union) as well as from the more modern wars.
After the speeches and pagentry, the Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 put on a community picnic barbeque. The boy scouts were great throughout the whole service. They and a number of adults passed out water to keep people hydrated.
There were two tents serving lunch and plenty of people lined up at each.
I have never understood about this great teepee that is always set up at the site of the service. One day I am hoping to find out the story behind it.
It was a great service and I am glad that I went.
There will be another event on Veteran’s Day to dedicate a new building that has been completed to commemorate veterans. It sounds like fun.
There is a message in the program from the president of the Cemetery Board, Harry McKillop. The cemetery is in urgent need of support, both financially and in the form of recurring maintenance assistance. There are less than 30% of the total lot owners still living in the area to share interest and provide support so they are hoping to be able to find companies or groups willing to “adopt an acre”.
To all those who have served or sacrificed …