Several local veterans organizations will be holding Memorial Day services this Monday, May 27.
The Catholic War Veterans Post 1065, American Legion Post 93 and the RGV State Veterans Cemetery will be participating in public services for those who wish to memorialize and celebrate veterans who have passed away.
“This day is for commemorating all the men and women who have died during or after their military service,” Silva said. “A lot of people visit cemeteries or memorials to commemorate those who have died.”
Silva said that while there are often other things going on Memorial Day weekend, like store sales and barbeques and parties, we should never forget the real reason for the day: veterans.
“I see no problem with any of it, as long as you remember our military men and women that gave us the freedom that we have right now,” Silva said. “Keep them in your prayers and teach it to the younger generation coming up.”
Silva noted that as time passes, Memorial Day traditions are becoming less common. He was glad that several veteran organizations in the RGV have held services consistently.
“The younger generation doesn’t teach our kids about stuff [traditions] like this, and it starts off with the parents,” Silva said. “A lot of parents don’t realize or don’t know what Memorial Day is exactly, and they start celebrating for whatever reason. It’s actually about keeping our prayers with our members who have fought for our freedom here.”
American Legion Post 93 Commander Rudy Flores noted that these services are necessary for veterans in the Rio Grande Valley.
“It’s in memory of all the veterans that have died in the line of duty or passed away after they served,” Flores said. “It’s only proper to have honors for them on Memorial Day, it’s only proper to pay our respects for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and have passed after they served our country.”
The schedule of events on Memorial Day includes:
Catholic War Veterans Post 1065
(901 N Slabaugh Ave)
21 Gun Salute at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission (8 a.m.)
Mass at CWV Post 1065 in Mission (9 a.m.)
21 Gun Salute at San Jose Catholic Cemetery (10:30 a.m.)
21 Gun Salute at Peñitas Cemetery (11 a.m.)
21 Gun Salute at San Jose Cemetery in Abram (11:30 a.m.)
21 Gun Salute at Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission (6 p.m.)
American Legion Post (910 W Expy 83)
Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission (8 a.m.)
San Jose Catholic Cemetery (9 a.m.)
Granjeno Cemetery (10 a.m.)
State Veterans Cemetery (11 a.m.)
Street Dedication for Vietnam Veteran Noe Magallan (in coordination with the city of Mission and Magallan family) in Mission on 8th Street and Mayberry (2 p.m.)
RGV State Veterans Cemetery
(2520 Inspiration Rd)
Memorial Day Ceremony service conducted by VFW Rio Grande Valley Memorial Post 8788 (9 a.m.)