Happy 105th Birthday, LBJ

CARRYING THE WREATH — Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta (left) and park superintendent Russ Whitlock (right) carry a wreath to LBJ’s grave. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

On a cool, cloudy morning Tuesday, Aug. 27, officials and dignitaries gathered at the LBJ National Park and Historic Site at Stonewall to honor the late President Lyndon B. Johnson on what would have been his 105th birthday.

A light rain fell off and on during the ceremony at the Johnson Family Cemetery.

Park superintendent Russ Whitlock and Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert D. LaBrutta, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, laid a wreath at the president’s grave.

Following speeches by both Whitlock and LaBrutta, University of Texas student and 2013 Harry S. Truman scholar Jordan Metoyer spoke about the modern-day perspective of Johnson’s legacy.

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