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Memorial Day Observance, 2004

Wimberley Memorial Day Observances to Highlight World War II Veterans
9 AM at the Wimberley Cemetery, May 31, 2004

Wimberley's VFW Post 6441 will honor all veterans who died during our nation's conflicts, particularly those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II. The 9:00 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at the Wimberley Cemetery on Old Kyle Rd. on Monday, May 31 will coincide with the weekend-long dedication of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The Wimberley program will include an invocation by Post Chaplain David Slider and brief remarks by Past Commander and retired Navy Captain Lewis Smith. The public is invited to join the VFW in this ceremony.

In addition to the community Memorial Day Observance set for Monday, VFW members will spend Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, placing American Flags on the graves of more than 300 veterans at nine area cemeteries. The veterans buried in these cemeteries represent every conflict since the Texas War for Independence in 1836. 

Memorial Day is the time to pause and honor those Americans who died while defending our nation and its values. It is a day to reflect on the profound sacrifices of these heroes to secure our nation's freedom. 

The Memorial Day tradition began three years after the Civil War ended. On May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of former Union soldiers and sailors established Decoration Day on May 30th as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of war dead with flowers. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, which had been established on the grounds of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's former plantation. The cemetery already held the remains of 20,000 Union and several hundred Confederate dead.

Memorial Day has become the day for our nation to mourn the loss of all Americans who have died serving in uniform in all conflicts dating back to the American Revolution.

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