For many, Memorial Day plans may involve cook outs or having fun in the water. But we cannot forget the real reason why we celebrate this holiday. Two memorial ceremonies hosted by the Scotland-Windthorst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2676 and its Ladies Auxiliary was held on Monday.
The first event was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church Grotto in Windthorst and the second was held at Scotland's Saint Boniface Cemetery. Over 100 people took time out of their holiday to honor the fallen heroes. From Texoma, 3 veterans from Windthorst and 3 from Scotland lost their lives while serving.
When asked about Memorial Day, Veteran and Post 2676 Commander Bill Veith says, "it's an honor for me as a veteran. An honor to all the deceased veterans and veterans that are still alive. It's an honor… big honor."
The Patriot Guard Riders and the Wichita Falls High School JROTC participated in the service holding the flags high. A moment of silence was held as family members of the fallen laid wreaths by the memorial.
Veith hopes that the real meaning of Memorial Day will never be forgotten.
"I hope the community will realize what we did to make sure that they can be free and can enjoy memorial day as it should be", he says.
Memorial Day was established as an official holiday in 1971 and is celebrated the last Monday of May each year. There are currently over 1 million U.S. soldiers who have lost their lives in battle.