America's Last Patrol Inc. invites the public to celebrate Memorial Day at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the America's Last Patrol Ranch 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 respect and this day allows people an opportunity to show that respect. By observing Memorial Day, people ensure that the memories and spirit doesn't die, wether in a wheat field at Gettysburg, a forest in Belleau Wood or a jungle in Vietnam.
This year's Memorial Day ceremony speaker will be Col. Eloy E. Cuevas, United States Army from Kingsville. The Patriots Band and Honor Guard from Corpus Christi will provide military music, presentation of Colors, 21-gun salute and Taps.
The following names of fallen comrades will be placed on the America's Last Patrol Memorial Walls:
Pvt. Joaquin Barraza Sr., US Army WWII, Cpl. Joe S. Nono, US AAC WWII, LCpl. Amado Garcia, USMC Vietnam, SP4 Octavio E. Garcia Jr., US Army, Mario Garcia, ALP associate member, Sgt. Steve Gomez, US Army Vietnam, A1C Rene V. Hinojosa, USAF Germany, Sgt. Anthony "Doc" Lapalio, US Army Vietnam, SSgt. Lauro M. Lozano, USMC Vietnam, Sgt. Lionel R. Lozano, US Army Norway, 1LT Rumaldo Z. Juarez, US Army Vietnam, Sgt. Abelardo Jimenez, US Army Vietnam, Pvt. Nazario H. Martinez, US Army Signal Unit, Sgt. Ronald C. McEwen, US Army KIA Vietnam, Sgt. Eugene G. O'Connell, US Army KIA Vietnam, PFC. Catarino Palacios, US Army WWII, PFC Ascension Peynado, US AAC WWII, SFC Enrique Ramirez, US Army Vietnam, S2C Francisco Sanchez, US Navy WWII, SrA. Robert Soliz, USAF Vietnam, Cpl. Dennis L. Stiglitz, US Army KIA Vietnam, SSgt. Daniel Trejo, US Army Kuwait, PFC Raul Vera, US AAC WWII, AIC. Salome Vera, USAF, Sp3 Roberto O. Vidal, US Army National Guard Retired, Major Charles J. Watters, US Army Chaplain KIA Vietnam, Sgt. Omar Everett, US Army Korea, SSgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez, US Army KIA Afghanistan, Sgt. Pablo C. Martinez, US Army Vietnam.
After the ceremony, there will be food and refreshments free to the public. Please join in the ceremony on Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at the America's Last Patrol Ranch to honor and remember all the soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines who gave their supreme sacrifice.
For more information, please contact Commander Adrian Trevino 361-389-5122 or Judge Advocate Arturo Pecos 361-595-8552.