Navarro County hosted several celebrations to commemorate Veterans Day. Each recognized the sacrifice and dedication of those who protect and maintain the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, along with their families who bore the brunt of absences and missed time with loved ones here at home.
Tim Easley, Navarro County Veterans coordinator encouraged veterans to use the services to which they are entitled. His office is located at the County Annex Building 601 N. 13th St. in Corsicana. Easley praised all of those who made Monday’s ceremony possible, including a selection of patriotic songs by Martin Jenkins. TAPS were performed by Seth Easley.
Monday’s ceremony at the courthouse, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., coincided with the ending of hostilities of World War I. The keynote speaker was Marine, Will Thompson.
Thompson expressed his gratitude to live in a county which openly shows support for our military, our veterans, and their families.
“When a young man or woman joins our military they take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said. “Our servicemen and women defend values and principles, not land or leaders.”
On Saturday, the Coyote Squadron held the groups regular monthly meeting, and an open hanger hot dog lunch for members, veterans and visitors, at C. David Campbell Field in Corsicana. A C- 47 “Southern Cross” flew in to participate in the Veterans Day weekend festivities. One of the missions of the Commemorative Air Force Coyote Squadron is to preserve and maintain World War II military aircraft including a fully restored PT-19 trainer.
The Coyote Squadron’s membership grew by three members and is now some 65 members strong. The Coyotes meet at the Hardgrave Memorial Hangar, the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. It is not necessary to be a military pilot or veteran in order to join.