America’s Last Patrol Inc. is inviting the public to celebrate Memorial Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at America’s Last Patrol Ranch, which is located four miles north of Benavides on Highway 359.
“This Memorial Day, many Americans all over the world will attend special ceremonies honoring the men and women who laid down their lives in service to our country. Such duty deserves our respect and this day allows us an opportunity to show that respect,” Commander Adrian Trevino said in a press release. “By observing Memorial Day, we ensure that their memory and spirit did not die with them, whether in a wheat field at Gettysburg, a forest in Belleau Wood, a beachhead in Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Battan March, a frozen hill top in Korea, the Chosin Reservoir, a jungle in Vietnam, Khe San, Laos, Cambodia or a barren desert sand of the Middle East, Somalia, the USS Cole, Iraq or Afghanistan.”
This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony speaker will be Col. Eloy E. Cuevas, U.S. Army, from Kingsville. The Patriots Band and Honor Guard from Corpus Christi will provide military music, presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”
The following names will be placed on America’s Last Patrol Memorial Walls: Pvt. Joaquin Barraza Sr., U.S. Army, WWII; Cpl. Joe S. Bono, USAAC, WWII; Lance Cpl. Amado Garcia, USMC, Vietnam; SP4 Octavio E. Garcia Jr., U.S. Army; Mario Garcia, ALP Associate Member; Sgt. Steve Gomez, U.S. Army, Vietnam; A1C Rene V. Hinojosa, USAF, Germany; Sgt. Anthony “Doc” Lapalio, U.S. Army, Vietnam; Staff Sgt. Lauro M. Lozano, USMC, Vietnam; Sgt. Lionel R. Lozano, U.S. Army, Norway; 1st Lt. Rumaldo Z. Juarez U.S. Army, Vietnam; Sgt. Abelardo Jimenez U.S. Army, Vietnam; Pvt. Nazario H, Martinez, U.S. Army Signal Unit; Sgt. Ronald C. McEwen, U.S. Army, (KIA) Vietnam; Sgt. Eugene G. O’Connell, U.S. Army, (KIA) Vietnam; Pfc. Catarino Palacios, U.S. Army, WWII; Pfc. Ascension Peynado, USAAC, WWII; Sfc. Enrique Ramirez, U.S. Army, Vietnam; S2C Francisco Sanchez, U.S. Navy, WWII; Senior Airman Robert Soliz, USAF, Vietnam; Cpl. Dennis L. Stiglitz, U.S. Army, (KIA) Vietnam; Staff Sgt. Daniel Trejo, U.S. Army, Kuwait; Pfc. Raul Vera, USAAC, WWII; Airman 1st Class Salome Vera, USAF; SP3 Roberto O. Vidal, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret.); Maj. Charles J. Watters, U.S. Army Chaplain, (KIA) Vietnam; Sgt. Omar Everett, U.S. Army, Korea; Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez, U.S. Army, (KIA) Afghanistan; Sgt. Pablo C. Martinez, U.S. Army, Vietnam.
After the ceremony, there will be food and refreshments free to the public.
For further information, contact Trevino at (361) 389-5122 or Judge Advocate Arturo Pecos at (361) 595-8552.