Memorial Day honors those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces and at 9 a.m. Monday, Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 240 will hold its annual ceremony at West End Cemetery’s American Legion Veterans Field of Honor.
“I personally feel an obligation to remember the ultimate sacrifice of those men and women that gave all for their country. I feel it every time I walk through Walmart or other shopping venues and see old men wearing caps with military identification. They’re the ones that made it back home,” said Post 240 adjutant Roger Easter. “I’m certain, and I know one or two veterans that will be in the Memorial Day audience, that can’t forget their buddies that didn’t make it back home. We feel duty bound to present a Memorial Day service for these veterans in particular and hopefully encourage others to remember the well-used phrase…. ‘some gave some… some gave all.'”
The ceremony will be emceed by Post 240 Commander Curtis Anderson followed by the Memorial Day flag raising and the National Anthem led by Stephenville High School student Chrysann Whitworth.
The ceremony’s guest speaker will be Tarleton State University American history and military history professor Ted Roberts, a United States Army and Marine Corp Veteran of the Gulf War on Terror. At the age of 36, Roberts quit teaching at Tarleton to go back on active duty with the US Army and fought on two fronts in the wake of 9/11 in 2005.
His awards include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Parachutist’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Following Roberts' speech and laying of the wreath, Post 240 Honor Guard will render the traditional three-volley rifle salute followed by “Taps” played by Post 240 bugler.
After the ceremony, Legionnaires will serve free hot dogs and cake provided by Walmart from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the grocery entrance of the store.