|Veterans Celebrated by VFW Post 5872||ICON_SEP Print ICON_SEP|
|Written by Mary McDonald|
Fifteen empty chairs, five on the east side of the VFW 5872 Hall and ten on the west side, were placed for the five VFW members and the ten Ladies Auxiliary members who had passed away since Memorial Day 2012.
Acting Commander Robert Stahl told the gathering that this day’s Memorial service was to honor fallen heroes but was held in memory of those fifteen individuals as well.
Patrick Simmons, 77th District Court for Limestone and Freestone Counties, the keynote speaker, told the gathering that a man named John Logan had established Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day, as Mr. Logan did not want anyone to forget the cost of our free republic.
"My dad was proud of his service in World War II, but he rarely spoke of it, although I wanted very much to hear about it. Like most veterans, Dad didn’t want to talk about it, but it was always in the back of his mind – it was difficult for him," Judge Simmons said.
Once Judge Simmons told his father that at age 26, he was the youngest person to become a district attorney in Limestone County. His dad’s response was that he had been a 2nd Lieutenant at 19 in the US Marine Corp.
Judge Simmons reminded those in attendance that our freedom comes with a price.
He said that the US economy and liberty is the envy of the World.
"What I call ‘A Thin Red Line’ separates us from those countries who would want to hurt us; that line is the military unit holding firm," an emotional Judge Simmons stated.
He said the principal for which the United States of America stands on is patriotism, with it comes loyalty, and the ultimate loyalty price is sacrifice from those patriots.
He advised that Americans must remain loyal and have faith in God.
Many in attendance placed a rose, or roses, in a vase which, together, created a beautiful red tribute to those veterans whose memories are cherished by the loved ones left behind.
The service was continued outside as a monument, containing the names of all branches of service was unveiled.
Charles Ethridge was responsible for getting the monument, donated by Phipps Memorial in Waco, Texas.
There was a moment of silence, followed by the playing of taps.
Back inside, the Ladies Auxiliary had provided snacks.