To pay tribute to the men and women who took the oath to defend the United States of America many local residents took the time to remember the fallen soldiers.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8621 and Auxiliary held their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29 to honor the fallen, Missing In Act's (MIA) and Prisoners Of War's (POW). Wreaths and flags were placed at the monuments at the VFW, Jim Wells County Courthouse and Veterans Park.

On Saturday, May 27, America's Last Patrol also held a ceremony in Benavides. During the ceremony, families of the fallen soldiers placed a marker on the Memorial Wall. This year 31 veterans had their names added to the wall.

"It is important to remember and remind ourselves the reason why we celebrate this day," stated Commander Hector L. Villarreal. "We are free because of the brave, and many of our brothers and sisters at arms did not return home and are unaccounted for. Remember!"

VFW Post would like to thank the citizens of Alice that attended the ceremony.  Special thanks to Mayor Jolene B Vanover, County Judge Pete Trevino and Commissioner Coach Gonzalez for attending this event.