Memorial Day was officially celebrated on May 28, 2012, but the appreciation for the many veterans, both men and women, who protect our freedoms should be done each day.
The Blanco Pioneer Museum had an appreciation ceremony at 10am on Monday, May 28, at the museum. Nell Krueger, president of the museum and chairman of event, was the master of the ceremonies. The American Legion raised the American flag and in honor of those veterans deceased lowered the flag to half staff for the ceremony of appreciation. Lawrence Coffee gave invocation. Dorothy Dillon sang the Star Spangled Banner and closed with God Bless America. A proclamation from Judge Bill Guthrie was read by commissioner John Woods. Heartfelt words of appreciation were expressed by Blanco Mayor Chuck Homan, Rebecca Howerton for the County Historical Commission, Retta Martin for the City of Blanco Historical Commission, Tom Avant for the American Legion, Dennis Moore, Gordin Biggs, and many others from the gathering of veterans and citizens.
The museum exhibit featuring World War II will remain on display until September and can be viewed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 11am-3pm. Volunteers are needed to keep the museum open additional hours. The museum is always available by appointment for tour groups.
This ceremony evoked many memories but none as heartfelt as the memory of a mother who sent her son to war and nearly lost him to the violence of the war. It reminded us all that wars affect everyone, not just the soldier who fights. As you read this article, remind yourself of these sacrifices and the next time you see a veteran say “Thank you for your service,” and shake their hand.