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Flags raised, events planned to honor veterans in Texas

Scott Harvey

COMMERCE - As part of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, volunteers have once again pitched in to make sure our veterans are never forgotten.

In Commerce, hundreds of American flags were placed on veterans’ graves at Rosemound Cemetery Saturday morning. The tradition is common around the United States.

Recently, the Commerce Rotary Club began offering a residential flag program at a cost of $35 a year for five holidays, including Memorial Day. American flags 3’ x 5’ are placed in participant’s yards a few days ahead of each designated holiday, with proceeds split between the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum and the Commerce Public Library.

Northeast Texans can also share in the celebration of Memorial Day through the Carry the Load campaign, whose 27 day, 1,700 mile relay from West Point, N.Y. to Dallas passes through the region Saturday.

On Monday, citizens are invited to attend the 60th Annual Commerce Memorial Day Service at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist church. The featured speaker will be Capt. Jon David Scott, Infantry U.S. Army Reserve. Captain Scott is a graduate of Cooper High School. Upon his graduation he enrolled at East Texas State University and enlisted in the U. S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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