Lufkin community holds Memorial Day ceremony, places symbolic wreath on VFW memorial

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Published: May. 29, 2023 at 3:21 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2023 at 7:58 AM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - On Memorial day, east Texans are remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Sacrifices recognized at ceremonies across the area, including Lufkin’s VFW. “We particularly want to honor those who died in service defending their country. Doing their best to protect their brother and sisters that were in the fight with them but weren’t able to make it home,” said VFW commander Ashley Bratton.

On Monday morning, VFW members and the community gathered at Lufkin’s VFW for the Memorial Day ceremony. A wreath was placed in remembrance of the fallen members of VFW 1836. A white flower was also set on the VFW marker to represent purity, along with other symbolic items.

Shortly followed with a lunch and live music for all to enjoy. All money collected goes back to the program to help veterans in need.

Bratton said it was the biggest crowd she has seen in the last six years. “It makes us feel we still have a place in the community, and the support and remember with us,” Bratton said.

Elaine and Billy Cameron of Lufkin first met each other while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. Elaine served in the Army Nurse Corp and said she and her husband were proud to serve. “The truth is, we were fighting for people to be free from oppression,” she said.

Billy said he’s glad people are learning the importance of the day. “Memorial day is being celebrated for the right reasons more now than it was even ten years ago.” he said.

While Elaine said days like today are important to remember the lives lost. “Not to forget what they did for our freedom. They answered the call and gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that’s why today is really important.”