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The Flags, the Graves, & Remembrance
A letter from Patricia Coffee and the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • Posted May 10, 2013

As Memorial Day approaches amid our current events, I think we all greatly appreciate our men and women who have (or currently are) serving our great nation, the United States of America. I know I do! When I’m speaking to someone who’s hinted of their tour of duty, I’ll interrupt our conversation by saying “I just want to thank you for fighting for my freedom, lest I forget at the end of our conversation.” For me, it’s important enough to interrupt, and for them, I’ve seen that (although they’re all humble, they appreciate the interruption) and are sometimes even surprised, perhaps because it’s a rarity.

It makes me cry to realize some have died without ever hearing a thank you! Perhaps we can make it up by thanking everyone we run into, and while we’re at it, we can thank the men and women who are the first responders to emergencies, such as our local EMS personnel, our fire department personnel, and our law enforcement, too!

They put their life on the line each time they put on their uniform and walk out of the house, and their family does not know if they’ll come back home each day. One of my younger brothers was killed in the line of duty as a San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officer, and my daddy was an investigator for SAPD all my life, so being a police officer’s daughter, law enforcement is very close to my heart.

The Blanco Historic Cemetery Association (BHCA) is missing Rebecca Howerton very much right now. It’s time to put the flags on the graves in the cemetery and that was Rebecca’s baby. I know I’d see her several times a week at the cemetery, because I work down the block from it. We have questions to ask her!

Did she continually purchase flags and replace those that blew out? It’s an on-going project that needs daily checking, if you want them out there perpetually. And, if they’re placed out there only for special times such as Memorial Day, then someone needs to pick them up and keep track of where they were! She took on that responsibility and sometimes even personally paid people to help her.“We’ve purchased the flags and Diane Hostetler said she wants to carry on Rebecca’s work, and continue placing the flags on the graves. Would you like to help Diane?

Bonnie Riley said she has time to help Diane put the flags in the grave sites, and so if you would like to work with Diane and Bonnie, you may call Diane at (830) 833-4329 and Bonnie at (512) 644-4043.

If you can afford to make a donation towards the purchase of the 300 + flags to place on the graves, please mail your donation to Blanco Historic Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 473 , Blanco, TX 78606; and notate on the payment that it is specifically for purchase of flags. Thank you very much for your support of this worthy cause.

Sincerely, Patricia Coffee, Secretary, BHCA

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