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The American Legion's Memorial Day "Big Bang"
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009

On Monday, May 25th, under a clear blue sky and the blessed shade of the venerable pecan trees on the Courthouse Square, more than 100 folks gathered together to honor the memory of America’s military men & women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great land.

Sterling Jordan, himself a WWII veteran and commander of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285, officiated, gave both the invocation & benediction, and read the list of those individuals currently serving in the Armed Forces with ties to Mason County. Daryl Watson, a Mason musician, led the crowd in singing the Star Spangled Banner. Clifford Parker, a member of both The American Legion & the VFW, spoke about the meaning of Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

The American Legion Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute to their fallen comrades and Taps was played. As always, the loud report of the Post’s WWI bolt-action rifles rattled the windows ‘round the Square and startled the folks just driving through Mason at that moment. The Honor Guard, for this event, consisted of Mike Shanley, Lawrence Spell, Stanley Brown, Tommy Koepke, Kelby Brown & Richard Bell (Burnet).

The members of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 & Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all those who came together today to honor America’s fallen heroes. Also, special thanks goes to the program participants and Daryl Watson, who operated the PA system. And, heartfelt thanks to all the fine folks of Mason County, who do more than many to honor and support today’s veterans still serving. For God & Country!

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