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More Details on Memorial Day 2014

Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, 10:00 AM, at the State Cemetery (909 Navasota at East 7th ST.), the Thankful Hubbard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) the Patrick Henry Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) sponsor the special Memorial Day Service which is held at this time every year. The service takes place in the SW section of the cemetery, known as “Republic Hill.” In case of rain, the service will be in the Gallery.

Brigadier General Richard T. Drury  will be the keynote speaker. Brigadier General Richard T. Drury was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. with a bachelor of science degree in military engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He received a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961. General Drury completed the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va. and the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

He entered pilot training in Texas in June 1950 and then served as pilot, operations officer and safety officer at various bases in France, Korea and Texas. While in Korea he completed 20 combat missions with a total of 87 combat hours in B-26s.  

The general's military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation emblem with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Republic of Portugal Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique.  

In addition, SAR members, dressed as Soldiers in Revolutionary War dress will participate in the service as the color guard and firing a musket salute honoring the deceased soldiers.

Beginning at 9:40 AM, music will played by Gary Knippa & The Friends. They will also provide music for the service, and afterwards

The service honors all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country, and additionally recognized Lt. Rankin and Sgt. Stephen Williams, both of whom fought in the Revolutionary War and in the Texas War for Independence. (Sgt. Williams also fought in the War of 1812.) They are the only Revolutionary War veterans buried in the Texas State Cemetery.  Both of these Revolutionary War veterans will be eulogized by descendants of theirs.