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Members of the Post Boys Scout Troop 316 opened the Memorial Day ceremony with the raising of the colors. Pictured, l-r, Fermin Rivera, Jr., Caelan Thuett, Dalton Thuett and Zach Hinkle.
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Heroes Honored at Memorial Day Service

Published May 30, 2012 @ 8:43 p.m.

The Annual Memorial Day Service was held on the Garza County Courthouse's Memorial Plaza Monday morning at 10 a.m.  Members of the VFW Post 6797 and the Ladies Auxiliary conducted the event with the participation of Boys Scouts Troop 316 who posted the Colors to begin the program. 

Guest speaker the Honorable District Judge William C. (Bill) Sowder of the 99th District Court in Lubbock, delivered an inspiring message of faith, family and patriotism while honoring all military personnel explaining that in service "all give some and some give all."  Judge Sowder, who serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps.,  was born in Lubbock, raised in Idalou, graduated from Texas A&M and Baylor Law School.  Before becoming a district judge, he served as the Lubbock County District Attorney for eleven years.

Commander Chuck Ratliff officiated the traditional Memorial Day service to about 100 people in attendance including County Judge Lee Norman, City of Post Mayor Thressa Harp and veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and conflicts.

The event was preceded by a special breakfast at the VFW Hall.  And on Saturday U.S. flags were placed on the graves of veterans in Terrace Cemetery Saturday with the help of local Girl Scouts.

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