San Augustine holds special ceremony for vets

By Donna McCollum - email

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - From the San Augustine Museum Theatre the sound of true American patriotism waved through the air.

Tenor Charles Delany appropriately set the mood for a tribute recognizing each of the five military branches.


Veterans from conflicts dating as far back as World War II were there.


"Went to Hawaii down, way down in the country and then we went to Okinawa one end to another," Army veteran Leonard Murray said.

"I was stationed as an Air Force medic in California and we got to take care of a lot of casualties coming back from Viet Nam," Doug Huss said.

Sadly, the last World War I veteran in San Augustine County died just yesterday.

Others gone, but not forgotten heroes were honored. A ceremonial table was set for the missing in action. Narratives on the flag, the pledge and the support of veterans' spouses became a lesson learned for listeners of all ages.

The ceremony moved into the bright sunshine where commerative wreaths were laid at veteran memorials.

A stark reminder of conflicts come to those who serve at the least expected moment.

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