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Former Texas Rangers to be Honored
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 • Posted June 15, 2010

In conjunction with the Trainer reunion scheduled for June 26 in Blanco, special markers will be placed in the Blanco Historical Cemetery to honor four former Texas Rangers.

A vital part of the Former Texas Rangers Association (FTRA) is to preserve the true history of the Texas Rangers and to provide landmarks relating to the Texas Rangers. The marking of the Rangers’ graves with the Texas Rangers’ Memorial Cross is just one activity that fulfills this mission. In commemoration of the service rendered and the sacrifices made by William Neil Trainer, David J. Trainer, Samuel E. Trainer, and William A. Blackwell will be honored with the special grave markers.

These markers will be placed as memorials to these rangers in the Blanco Historical Cemetery by their descendants at 10:00 a.m. on June 26. The public is invited to the cemetery for the dedication. Former Texas Ranger, Ray Martinez, will be the keynote speaker at the dedication. All descendants are invited to the dedication as well as the reunion to take place that day at the Masonic Lodge.

With the help of historical societies and Ranger descendants, the Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Program researches, identifies and documents the burial sites of Texas Rangers statewide and places a memorial cross at the resting place of the honored individuals.

The cross, with the circle star badge, is a fitting landmark relating to the preservation of Texas heritage. Any member who is a descendant of a Texas Ranger can apply for the cross to be provided to them for installation. The Former Texas Rangers Association invites any Ranger, Ranger family member, or descendent of a Texas Ranger to join the Association.

The Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Program is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation, the Henderson Family, Dale Williamson and numerous anonymous donors.

For information about membership, memorial crosses, or donations, interested parties may contact the FTRA by mail at PO Box 290229, Kerrville, TX 78029-0229; by phone at 830-895-2262; by fax at 830-895-2090, or by e-mail at

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