Members of Boy Scout Troop 232 held a Memorial Day service honoring all veterans at the Ellis County Veterans Memorial on Monday.
“All of you are honoring every veteran that is currently serving, has served or has given the ultimate sacrifice preserving our freedom,” said John Latham, troop chaplain.
Participating in the ceremony were scouts from the troop and active members of the Navy and Army. Also present were World War II veterans, Horace Bratcher, Keith Murray and Melvin Glandon, and Doris Bratcher, who represented her brother, Donald Skillen, who was lost at sea when his boat went down.
Escorted by Navy Lt. Stewert Powers and Scoutmaster Chris Autry, Doris Bratcher placed a wreath at the Memorial Wall. They then joined Navy Command Master Chief Randy Dobbins and U.S. Army Lt. Micah Fletcher to stand at attention as Jason Williams played “Taps.”
During the ceremony, the flags were raised to half-mast under the direction of Army color guards Sgt. Ruben Nixon and Staff Sgt. Jose Rivera. Included in the color guard were Star Scouts Chip Autry and Logan Latham and Young Marines Pvt. Kage Hendrix.
Woodsman of the World sponsored the service and donated the memorial wreath, with Chris Smith on hand to represent the group.
Latham told of how the service came to be, saying he contacted Perry Giles, who had started the veterans memorial with David Hudgins.
“I was told several people had asked if there was anything planned, but nothing to date has been scheduled,” Latham said. “I started contacting people and putting this thing together and everything fell into place. I am so thankful for all of those who came out and volunteered to participate.
“It is a true honor for all of us to be here today to thank all of those who have served our country to defend our freedom,” Latham said.