On Saturday, July 20, the Old Spiller Cemetery was designated as an official Historic Texas Cemetery. Many members of the Lost Creek and Voca Communities worked many hours with the McCulloch County Historical Commission during the past two years to prepare the site and complete the requirements for the designation.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic posted the colors of the U. S. and Texas Flags. The members of the audience stood during the entrance and presentation of the flags. Members of the armed services saluted and others placed their hands over their hearts. Additionally, men removed their hats. This was followed by the pledges of allegiance to both flags. The same procedures were followed when the flags were retired.
It is an honor to be allowed to present our national and state flags. To prepare, the official protocols, procedures and traditions were reviewed by the DRT presenters. The U. S. flag is always carried at the same height or higher as other flags. On display; it is presented on the “flag’s right” — that is, on the left of the viewing audience. It is never dipped or lowered slightly to honor flags of other nations or states. Other flags are dipped when the Pledge of Allegiance is made to the U. S. Flag.
There is one exception to the rule of never “dipping” the U. S. Flag. When “Taps” is played to honor the dead or to inter a body, the U. S. Flag is dipped as are all other flags. This is the equivalent of flying the flag at half-mast to honor the death of someone. The President of the U. S. or the Governor of a State determines when U. S. or State Flags may be flown at half-mast.
The DRT does not hold regular meetings during the summer months; however, they actively participate in the Independence Day Parades in Brady and Mason. This year they were happy to receive a First Place Ribbon for their float in the Mason parade. Thank you, Judges!
If you are interested in additional information about the DRT, please feel free to contact President Karen Bishop at 325-243-5261 or Registrar Sheila Van Zant at 325-344-5423. Information is also available at the official DRT website, www.drtinfo.org and at the local chapter email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.