Remembering those who gave all for country

REMEMBERING LOVED ONES — A wreath was presented during Memorial Day services that honor the lives of two fallen military people from Gillespie County — at left is James Breuel in honor of his brother, Pvt. Benjamin Chisholm, USA, while Lorna Eckhardt stands at right to honor her late son, Sgt. Chris Staats, who served in the Texas National Guard. Both soldiers died in Afghanistan. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Despite the intermittent rain drops of Monday morning, hundreds of U.S. military veterans and their families gathered in the Memorial Courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War during the center’s annual commemoration of Memorial Day and were encouraged to remember those military personnel who’d fallen in protecting this nation.

“From the soldiers who fought bravely during the American Revolution to the men and women of today’s armed forces, for almost 238 years, America’s warriors have responded bravely to our nation’s call to duty,” said keynote speaker, Capt. Rex L. Curtin, USN, Commodore of Training Air Wing Four Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi.

He went on to say that the American people owe a “huge debt of gratitude and honor” to those who “served in conflict to protect our land, sacrificing their dreams to preserve the hope of our nation.”

Not only is it important to recognize their service and sacrifices, Curtin continued, it’s also important to “respect their devotion to duty. We must ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten.”

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