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More than 840 names to be unveiled at Veterans Memorial

Eagle Staff Report

An evening ceremony at the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial will highlight a day of activities across the area as people pay tribute to those killed in wars and usher in summer.

The names of more than 840 people who served in the armed forces have been added to the memorial and will be unveiled during a 6 p.m. ceremony at the site, which is located at College Station Veterans Park and Athletic Complex on Texas 30. It is open to the public.

Don Simons, the national historian for the American Legion, will be the keynote speaker and will speak about Memorial Day, dating back to its Civil War origins.

American Legion Post No. 159 will host a remembrance ceremony at its facility on Waco Street in Bryan. Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans also will participate in the event, which is open to the public. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include prayers, songs and a 21-gun salute. The VFW will be selling paper poppies in honor of veterans.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., people can sign up to receive American flags to put on the graves of veterans.

Parks and lakes across the Brazos Valley also figure to be filled with people celebrating the holiday and enjoying a day off from work.

Department of Public Safety officials said there will be a handful of additional troopers on the roads to monitor traffic. Memorial Day, which marks the unofficial beginning of summer, rivals Thanksgiving weekend as one of the busiest times for motorists.

Troopers warn that Monday evening could be one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Many people will be returning from long days or weekends — oftentimes after drinking alcohol — and are tired and driving is not always the most important thing on their minds, officials said.

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