POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013 - 3:54pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:56am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The fifteenth annual Memorial Day "Silent March" kicked off at HEB on Central Boulevard with a crowd of several hundred. The march continued for a mile until everyone reached the final destination: Brownsville Veterans Park. Military officials, veterans, friends and family stoodby for the flag-raising ceremonies and the 21 gun salute.
“First off we honor all those who never came home. Those who have protected our country so we can do today what we always do and that’s honor the war dead, both men and women. And it’s a very very important day, uh, in Brownsville.”
“I’m here today just to help honor all the people that have served, and especially those that died in the service of their country.”
Something about today made this Memorial Day different from others though.
“Although its Brownsville’s 15th annual Memorial Day March, today also marks the first ever Flag Retirement Ceremony, honored by the Cadets and Eagle Scouts.”
We’re going to have our first flag retirement ceremony at the new fire pit, which is just behind the flag poles, and it will be the first of its kind.”
Perhaps the most important part of the event was that the fallen war soldiers were heavy on the hearts of those who came.
“Today is one of those days that we need to remember those boys that were over there; that were 18 and 19 and 20 years old that gave their lives for the soil and all the American people.”
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.