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Flag Pole Dedicated at Cemetery
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 • Posted September 29, 2009

   On Saturday, September 26, 2009, at 10:00am, the Blanco Historic Cemetery had a special dedication. The welcoming remarks were provided by Rebecca Howerton, a Cemetery Association director / secretary. The honor guard was provided by the Boy Scout Troop #497, followed by the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Blanco’s own Ms. Dorothy Dillon.  After the audience joined in for the Pledge of Allegiance, the special guest speaker was our State Representative Patrick Rose, who has been so gracious to frequently give his time to the citizens of Blanco.

   The purpose of the event was to dedicate several recent donations by local citizens to the Historic Cemetery.

    • 42-ft flagpole, donated by Dorsey Lee Smith, Jr. in memory of his late father, Dorsey L. Smith, Sr.

    • 10 ft x 15 ft American flag, donated by Mayor Christina (Tina) M. and Tom Gourley in honor and memory of her late father, Colonel Bert M. Cottrell, Jr., (USAF Ret) who had served as a pilot in World War II.

    • 8 ft x 12 ft American flag, donated by Diane Hostetler in memory of her late father, Colonel William M. Brown (Army Air Corps / USAF Ret) who also served in World War II and Korea. Colonel Brown is buried in the Blanco Cemetery.

    • Texas Flag belonging to the late Roy Byars, who is also buried in the Blanco Cemetery.  This flag, which had been given to Mr. Byars, was donated by one of his daughters, Marilyn Mikes. It now flies on the original flag pole, which is west of the new pole and near the small cemetery office.

Nanette Mikes, President of the Blanco Lions Club, remembered past Lions by calling out their names during the Tolling of the Bells.

   Rebecca Howerton then offered thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association for the wonderful donations of the flags, the pole, and the time to erect the pole near the Historic Medallion.

   The audience, led by Ms. Dillon, ended the program by singing God Bless America.

   The Directors of the Blanco Historic Cemetery Association appreciate all those who helped make this event possible, including the director and staff of the City of Blanco’s Public Works Department, Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group, the Boy Scouts of Troop #497, Kims’ Printing, David Seymour (Cemetery Association Director), and Hillary Huser.

   We also invite you to take time to see the cemetery with its newest additions.


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