by Veteran Committee on 9/13/2015
Dia de los Heroes (Heroes Day) Veteran Tribute started in 2011. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the event has pride itself in honoring America’s heroes, both past and present. What makes the event special are the symbolic ceremonies that take place during the event. Those ceremonies include the posting of the colors, the national anthem, the laying of the wreath, the 21 gun salute, the drum cadence, the playing of taps and the balloon release. But what makes the event stand out is the roll call and the honor roll.
During the Roll Call, present Veteran names are acknowledged by their rank and branch of service; done with the back drop sound of the marching drum cadence, which signifies the selflessness of young men and women to march to the call of service to our country. During the Honor Roll, past Veteran’s who lost their lives in service are acknowledged to the sound of a somber bugle playing taps.
Each year there has been a special honor given to a Veteran. In 2011 we gave special honors to Santiago Hinojos, WW II Veteran who served at Normandy. In 2014 we gave special honors to Manuel Herrera, also a WW II Veteran. This year we taking a special moment to honor our Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Rescue, the first responders, past and present. We look to add a new ceremony for those that lost their lives by the sounding of a ceremonial bell.
The event continues to grow. We invite the community join us on October 12, 2015 at Noon at Ector County Cemetery. Also submit your veteran’s name at the link provided. We continually work to make the ceremony honorable and add when we can new ceremony. We look forward to seeing you.
Submit Veteran’s name here>> http://goo.gl/dvKoL5
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