Locals pay respects to veterans, flags laid to honor those lost

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The Immaculate Conception Church held its first inaugural Memorial Day Service at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery this clear Monday morning to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to the United States.

The event began with speaker Jim Pelzel, U.S. Navy Ret., and an Invocation by Rev. Juan Carlos Marin C.

After the invocation, the playing of “Taps” was performed by Lane Grayson, and Martha Phillips gave an emotionally heartfelt reading of the poem “The Soldier.”

Rev. Marin provided the blessing of the graves through prayer.

At the end of the blessing, attendees were encouraged to place flags properly on veteran graves, as “Amazing Grace” was performed on bagpipes by Trooper Clint Sherman.

Trooper Clint Sherman plays “Amazing Grace” as attendees pay their respects to the soldiers who lay at rest. – Photo by Guy Chapman
Veteran gravesites are adorned with American flags for Veteran’s Day. – Photo by Guy Chapman

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