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November 9, 2012

Rice to honor veterans

Corsicana — The Navarro County community of Rice will observe Veteran’s Day Saturday by placing flags on the graves of veterans who are buried in the city.

What’s remarkable, says Rice Mayor Larry Bailey, is that Rice is the final resting place for 102 veterans of “every war but the Alamo.”

Bailey said the city began working on the project about three weeks ago, and at first was told only a handful of veterans were buried in the town.

“We knew that wasn’t right,” Bailey said, and they went to work to identify the gravesites at the city’s two cemeteries — Old Rice Cemetery, and Rice Memorial Park.

Between the two, some 102 flags will be placed Saturday following a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Old Rice Cemetery.

Those buried in Rice represent a lot of history, Bailey said.

Howard C. Ware fought in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, said Bailey. Ware later became a council member in Rice, and Ware’s son served as mayor.

Also buried in Rice is Doris L. Gee, who was a member of the “Wasps” Bailey said — flying test planes and training missions in World War II.

Bailey said there are five confederate soldiers buried in Rice; 23 from World War I; 63 from World War II; 12 from the Korean War; and one each from the Cold War and the Viet Nam War.

There is also a memorial marker for a soldier from World War I — William Bolt — who was buried in France in 1918.

The Rice Veteran’s Day Ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Old Rice Cemetery, and is open to the public.

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