Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all who helped with annual Veterans Flag Project

Thank you to the community for helping remember veterans on Memorial Day. Almost 100 local community members, youth and local service, heritage, historical and patriotic organizations helped place more than 1,036 U.S. flags at the College Station Cemetery on May 24 to commemorate U.S. military men and women who died in all wars in service to our country.

This 30th year included a special recognition ceremony to remember and honor veterans and Sojourners' coordination of the Flag Program. A&M Consolidated students Lauren Youngblood and Ellie Hague played Taps, taught by band director Steve Fry; Mayor Karl Mooney and Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell read proclamations recognizing veterans, Sojourners who started the service project and sponsor the flags, flag coordinator Ellen Marquis Horner, numerous groups and residents who helped place flags and the College Station Cemetery staff who help. Masonic Lodge Master David Fuller welcomed attendees. Sojourner Henry Hill, offered A Toast to the Flag. Leonora Owre of La Villita DAR expressed thanks. Ellen Fuller, WAA Volunteer, provided refreshments. College Station named May 24 as "Ellen Marquis Horner Day" in recognition of her coordination of the cemetery Sojourners flag project and community support.

National Sojourners, Brazos Valley Chapter, started flag placements in the 1980s. Horner, with Terry Massey, Bob and Jane Cohen, David and Melanie Fuller, coordinates flag memorials, procedures and veteran's list to honor. Families with children, former and current service members, individuals and groups helping included La Villita DAR, Sojourners, Independence SAR, cemetery staff, Scouts Pack 360 and 383, St. Joseph 4-H, Sportsman 4-H, Ramblers, Masons, veterans, American Legion and Auxiliary, PGR, WAA, William Scott chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Texas Veterans Commission.

ELLEN HORNER, HENRY HILL, DAVID FULLER, JANE COHEN and BOB COHEN

Veterans Flag Project