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Memorial Day activities set this weekend

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No amount of social distancing can deter Bandera County patriots from honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by those who served our community and country in our nation’s armed forces.

Memorial Day 2020 will be celebrated in Bandera with a special event on Saturday, May 23, at the Bandera County Courthouse grounds, 500 Main St. in Bandera.

It will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature patriotic music by Jim Turner, the activities director at the Silver Spur Resort, followed by a commemorative flag service and a flag retirement ceremony.

Officials said speakers will pay tribute to those veterans who died for our country in battles over the centuries.

The ceremony is sponsored both by the Bandera American Legion Post 157 and Boy Scout Troop 146, which has taken part in numerous flag retirement ceremonies in the past.

Participants are encouraged to exercise social distancing safeguards and to abide by other safety precautions that they deem necessary.

Organizers said approximately one million men and women in the United States military have lost their lives in defense of our nation since its founding.

The Bandera County Historical Commission has recorded the contributions of many county residents in defense of our country since 1823, and a visit to area cemeteries will show where some of those heroes were laid to rest.

American Legion Post 157 members will place flags on veterans’ graves at the Bandera, St. Stanislaus and Medina Oak Rest cemeteries on Friday, May 22, starting at 9 a.m. The flags will remain at the cemeteries for a week.

The public is invited to take part in the ceremonies by coming to one of the cemeteries on Friday. Supporters also can call 830-796-7528 to let organizers know they will lend a hand.

At the Pipe Creek Cemetery on Saturday, May 23, the Lakehills American Legion Post 410 will place flags on the graves of veterans there.

“Paying tribute to those who died during their service for our freedoms should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list this weekend,” said Dennis Birchall, the Bandera County Veterans Service officer.

Larry Crocker, Troop 146 scoutmaster, said the troop is “honored to be part of this tribute.”

“Honors to the flag are foundational to the scouts,” he said. “The first promise in our oath is to ‘do my duty to God and my country.’ This honor to our fallen military is just one way Troop 146 demonstrates this promise.”

Participants in the weekend activities also will have time to sign up for the 1st annual Texas Hill Country Ruck march, planned for Monday, May 25, which is Memorial Day, starting at 7 a.m.

The 13.1-mile march sponsored by a nonprofit veterans advocacy group called the Fallen Soldiers March will go from the Love Creek Apple Orchard in Medina to the White Rock Church in Bandera.

More information on the march can be found at on Facebook or by calling 210-793-0345.