A crowd of about 50 people gathered Monday morning, May 27th, at the Eldorado Cemetery to pay tribute to Schleicher County’s war dead as part of the annual Memorial Day observance.

The program is sponsored each year by the American Legion Bev McCormick Post #257. Members of the local post, including Buff Whitten, Phil Edmiston, Floyd Fay and Gordon Jones, participated in this year’s event.

Whitten opened the ceremony by thanking those in attendance. He then read aloud a poem titled, “It Is the Soldier.”

Jaetn Chancellor and Baeln Chancellor took turns placing small American flags in front of memorial monuments that adorn the entrance to the cemetery. They placed the flags as Whitten read aloud the names of Schleicher County’s 23 fallen heroes.

Moments later “Taps” was played as the U.S. and Texas flags flew at half-mast.

Schleicher County’s honored dead include: World War I – Thomas Ballew, Roach H. Holland, Neal Kelly, Bev McCormick, Sam I. Nicks, Jr., Roy Stevenson; World War II – Hobson Ashmore, Joyce C. Blackmon, William H. Currie, David E. DeLong, Jr., Earnest Dickey, Jr., Robert E. Doty, Thomas R. Henderson, Jr., Alton Page, Orville K. Puryear, Clark M. Reynolds, Raymond R. Reynolds; Korean War – Walter Jones, Robert H. Nolen; Vietnam War – Elton Harris, David Overstreet, Selvwin Taylor and Danny Rutherford.

Post #257 of the American Legion was named after Eldorado’s Bev McCormick who was killed on Nov. 2, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France during World War I.

It Is the Soldier
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
                         Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army