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Memorial day services planned for McAllen and Mission

20130524 MEMORIAL DAY Service featureMISSION—With Memorial Day just around the corner on Monday, members of the Mission and McAllen communities are making plans to pay respects and remember the area’s fallen soldiers.

Catholic War Veterans Post 1065 will be hosting a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at 500 W. Business Highway 83 in Mission. Post Chaplin Reverend Roy Snipes will conduct the services and the speaker will be Post Commander Robert Garza.

First Vice Commander David M. Silva said families and members of the community are invited to attend the 21-gun salutes at local cemeteries, and are welcome to join the C.W.V. Post 1065 for Mass. Attendees are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to starting time.

Presentations of the 21-gun salute at local cemeteries will be held at 8 a.m. at Laurel Cemetery in Mission, at 10 a.m. at San Jose Catholic Cemetery, at 10:30 a.m. in Peñitas at the Peñitas Cemetery, at 11 a.m. at the San Jose Cemetery in Abram and at 6 p.m. a salute will be made at La Placita Park in Mission in conjunction with the City of Mission ceremonies.

The A.C.E. Club of Mission has joined forces with the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, Mission Historical Museum and the City of Mission to have a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Leo Peña Placita Park. The featured speaker for the event is Sgt. Ret. David Guzman.

The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery with the Veterans Land Board will honor Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at 2520 South Inspiration Road. Commander of the VFW Post No. 8788 will be the master of ceremonies.

The ceremony will include the singing of the National Anthem, the raising of the flag, an invocation and a 21-gun salute. The wreath laying will take place at the assembly area wall at the cemetery; the wall holds emblems representing each branch of the nation’s armed forces.

The Memorial Day program at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen starts at 9:30 a.m., according to Jan Hartzog, who helped plan the event. She added, Sgt. Major Richard Clem of the U.S. Army would be the keynote speaker; he is a retired veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq war.

Hartzog added the McAllen Fire Department would serve as the color guard and McAllen Police Department would serve as the honor guard providing the 21-gun salute.

“The Fire Department does a real interesting, nice ceremony,” Hartzog said. “We will be calling all the names of the Valley soldiers we have lost, and the Fire Department will do a bell ring for each name.”

The fallen heroes lost in Afghanistan and Iraq will be remembered during the ceremony. Hartzog adds all community members are invited. For information on the event contact Col. Frank Plummer at 631-2511 or Hartzog at 605-3486.

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