County prepares to honor veterans

Trinity Memorial Park has been hosting Memorial Day ceremonies for more than two decades, and this year will be no different. The 28th annual Memorial Day Ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Monday. The ceremony will honor Howard County veterans. Veterans families have sponsored the event by purchasing flags — more than 100 —which will fly in the Avenue of Flags.“This is a great way to refocus on what the reason is for Memorial Day. It allows us to honor those who have chosen to serve our country in the Armed Forces,” Phillip Welch, Trinity Memorial Park facility manager, said.During a wreath-laying ceremony, veterans organizations in Howard County will participate in honoring veterans past and present, at the main flagpole.In preparation for the event, the Boy Scouts of the Buffalo Trail Council placed miniature American flags on veterans graves Saturday morning. The flags will remain until Tuesday. Other entities involved will be the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and VA Medical Center. The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department color guard will perform the flag-raising ceremony as well as a flag-retiring ceremony. There will be special music, including bagpipes and a soloist performing the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Rev. Craig Holstedt of First Presbyterian Church will be presiding. Also helping will be Ed Meiser with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 47.“This is a great way for us to pay tribute to those who went missing and those who returned,” Clarence Hartfield, VMC member, said.The public is encouraged to attend. Trinity Memorial Park is located south of Big Spring on U.S. Highway 87.For more information, call 267-8243.Other events in recognition of Memorial Day:• Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home will be conducting services at 10 a.m. Events will include presentation of colors, a flag ceremony and short service, and will conclude with a picnic.• The Vietnam Memorial Committee will be hosting a ceremony at the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial at 11 a.m. Scott Jimenez, chaplain for the VA Medical Center, will be the guest speaker.• Hangar 25 Air Museum will host a cooking event from noon until 2 p.m., Residents can sample dishes from the Hangar 25 cookbook. Cost will be $3 for adults and $1 for children.Contact Staff Writer Amanda Moreno at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at