Plaza Dedication November 11

On September 28, 2014, in News, by Mary Spence

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The Veterans Memorial Plaza Committee dedicated the memorial to the City of Schertz during a Dedication Ceremony Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The cold, windy day was no match for the hundreds in attendance.

The American, State of Texas, Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, and POW/MIA flags were presented by community members and were escorted by members of the Samuel Clemens and Byron Steele AFJROTC cadets. Members of the Resurrection Baptist Church Choir regaled the audience with the singing of the service hymms.

Dedication Welcome
“Welcome to all Veterans, dignitaries, and fellow citizens. We are thankful that all of you came to our dedication ceremony this morning. Many of you remember today as Armistice Day, ordered by Congress in 1938. Because of several veterans’ organizational efforts, Congress changed the wording in 1954 to become Veterans Day.

There is a major difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We gather on Memorial Day to pay respects to all of those veterans who have given their lives in service to our country. We thank all veterans on Veterans Day for everything they did in their line of duty to our country.
Let me be the first to say, “Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country.” You have served our country and its flag well. That flag signifies a people dedicated to liberty, justice, and freedom for all. It stands for the courageous, earnest, and unselfish experiences of our veterans who have given us strength as a nation and pride as citizens. We cannot thank you enough.

Our service flags will be presented in their birth order. When your service song is sung, please stand, if you can, in the confined places we have provided.”

The history of the plaza was shared and a special thanks was given to the plaza committee members and the businesses and individuals who made special contributions in the building of the plaza.

A moving tribute was provided by Col. David Drichta, 12th Operations Group Commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, who spoke of remembering those who came before and the sacrifices they endured in defense of our nation.

Schertz Mayor Carpenter places white brickVeterans Board present Plaza to SchertzSchertz Mayor Michael Carpenter accepted the honorary brick officially handing over the plaza to the City of Schertz. To close the ceremony, a special prayer for our veterans was read; VFW Post 76, the oldest operating VFW Post in Texas, provided a Twenty-One gun salute; and members of the Samuel Clemens High Band presented the Trumpet Echo Taps.

Attendees were invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall, Council 6358, to enjoy refreshments provided by KC Hall members and HEB.

A photo gallery of the event is available through this link: Veterans Plaza Dedication.

 

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