Yesterday the Caddo Civic and Cemetery Club dedicated their new Veterans’ Memorial during a solemn service attended by family and friends of the soldiers. Dick Carson, retired Lt. Col. USAF, was the MC and former WWII P.O.W. Dude Culbreath was the featured speaker. Bryan County V.F.W. Post 3916 made the presentation of the colors. Caddo High School students Lori Young and Slader Pair sang for the crowd.
Remembered in stone are those fallen in action:
World War I
Elmer C. Keith
Phil C. Harris
World War II
Elton Billy Dean McGrew
J.E. Ray Culwell
Benjamin C. Freeny
James S. Hokett
Pleas John Scott
Ernest H. Haddock
Donnie J. Airington
Melvin L. Turner
Howard G. Airington
Larry Neal Boatman
Jimmie Don Hyde
Turner Coleman Pat Johnson
For photos and names of the living WWII veterans honored in the parade go to my The View From Here blog.
The names of all known veterans buried in Gethsemane Cemetery were read during the service. I will post them to Stories Too Long later in the week.
This “collective dedication” was read by the those gathered:
We gather today, on this grassy field, to hallow it in memory of our fellow Americans
who have defended our liberty and the God-given rights of freedom, for people everywhere.
We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. We honor the memory of those who returned from war to live out their days among us, but left behind on the battlefields their youth and health. We honor the lives of those who set aside the comforts of home, the joys of family, and the companionship of friends to answer the call of duty to their country. We lift a prayer of gratitude for their courage and service to the noble cause of freedom.
We pledge ourselves to walk worthy of the sacrifice made by those who have been laid to rest on these green fields and to give honor to those who live and stand among us today.
God Bless America!