Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home is inviting veterans and other Waxahachie residents to honor fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.
Two buses, provided by Brown Street Church, will transport up-to-80 individuals to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Deb Rupp serves as the family service counselor for the funeral home and organized this year's event, which last took place in 2017.
"I was on a volunteer on that trip, and it was so well received," Rupp said.
Rupp shared that her father served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, and she experienced a military burial service in her home state of Missouri.
"It's very emotional because they do the flyover and the guns," Rupp said about the Memorial Day ceremony. "It's a very emotional hour. "The experience being there at the cemetery and the crowd is enormous."
Chelsea McKibbin-Langford, the chief operating officer of the funeral home, disclosed her grandfather is buried in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Mailers will be sent from the funeral home and flyers will be posted around town with information. To register for the free event, call the funeral home at 972-937-2211.
A light breakfast will be served promptly at 8 a.m. at the funeral home and will begin to load the buses at 9 a.m. Expected arrival to the cemetery grounds is between 10:30 — 11 a.m.
The ceremony will take place from noon until 1 p.m. and will include a military salute and fly over. A lunch provided by the funeral home will be served on the return to Waxahachie, and the expected arrival time is 3 p.m.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery is the sixth national cemetery in Texas and the 118th in the national cemetery system.
Currently, more than 1.5 million veterans live in the state of Texas and approximately 460,000 reside in the cemetery's service area. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery has developed 152 acres of the 638-acre cemetery providing 85,778 casketed sites and 31,918 columbaria/garden niches for cremated remains. Fully developed, Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will provide burial space for 280,000 eligible veterans and dependents.
MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS
Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery features a memorial walkway lined with a variety of memorials that honor America's veterans, donated by various organizations. As of 2011, there were 54 memorials at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery — most commemorating events and troops of the 20th-Century wars.