Big Spring remembers American heroes

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Staff Writer

Valiant sacrifice by military heroes, and honoring those who paid that sacrifice, has been part of the American way of life since our country's beginning. Every year, the last Monday in May – Memorial Day – is set aside to pay special tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Several events were held in Howard County including a service at Mt. Olive Cemetery led by the Young Marines, and a luncheon at Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez State Veterans Home.
Also, This past Monday, a large crowd gathered at Trinity Memorial Park for the annual Memorial Day ceremony.
"Today is our 34th annual Memorial Day celebration here at Trinity Memorial Park," said Trinity's president, Kasi Welch Baker. "It's a service that we have for the community and are so grateful to be able to provide for many years. We have many veterans' organizations that come out every year to represent. Also the Boy Scouts, who placed our flags to help us honor each and every veteran buried at the cemetery."
Participating this year were: Paster Ken McMeans of College Baptist Church, The Honor Guard of the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, local Boy Scouts of the Buffalo Trail Council's Lone Star District, local veterans groups, Director of the West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring Kalautie JangDhari, U.S. Army veteran Mike Tarpley who played TAPPS, Kelli Ballard who sang the National Anthem, and HCVFD bagpipers Kem Hooper and Valerie Sullivan, who performed "Amazing Grace."