With Memorial Day just around the corner, local history enthusiasts seek to honor those served the country, including those that served over 200 years ago.
“The cemetery is unique in that it’s got a combatant of a veterans from every war the United States has ever been in, with the exception of the American Revolution,” said Eugene Fernandez, Historic Brownsville Museum Manager.
“The Brownsville Historical Association is taking up a project that had been abandoned for many years and it is paying homage to the veterans of the wars,” Fernandez said at the Old Brownsville Cemetery.
“The oldest veterans that were involved in a monumental war, was The War of 1812, that gets way back when it comes down to any cemetery in this country,” Fernandez said.
Like Rafael Morales, who served in Santa Anna’s army in the Battle of San Jacinto, William Neale who was a scout during the Mexican-American War, and four others who served in the War of 1812.
Including John Roach Butler who was combatant and ensign in the War of 1812.
“To honor the veterans is so important, for years you would go to the cemetery and you wouldn’t see the prolific placement of the flags,” Fernandez said.
The Brownsville Historical Association will place flags on all identified veterans’ graves this Saturday.