Lockhart pays tribute to veterans
By LPR Staff
Early on Thursday morning, as the sun begins to rise, the citizens of Lockhart will start to celebrate veterans.
Each Veterans Day, the Lockhart Kiwanis distribute more than 150 flags to the community. They then return at sunset to pick the flags up, in keeping with the tradition that the American Flag should not be f
lown in the dark without being lighted.
The Kiwanians distribute the flags on a subscription basis, between seven and 10 times per year, including Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Later, the Lockhart Independent School District will join forces with the community to present a Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on LionsÕ Field.
The Lockhart High School Roaring Lion Band will begin the tribute program with a compilation of military music, followed by a mini-parade with elementary school students from Navarro and Clear Fork Elementary Schools.
Lockhart HighÕs Junior Air Force ROTC will present the colors, and dignitaries including Caldwell County Judge H.T. Wright and District 45 State Representative Patrick Rose are scheduled to speak to the crowd.
The names of the veterans who are serving and have served in Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom will be recognized during the tribute. According to Caldwell County VeteransÕ Affairs Officer Larry Corpus, fewer than 20 service men and women have been submitted to be a part of the tribute.
As a part of the celebration, the community will recognize Prisoner of War (POW) Thomas C. Holland.
The Lockhart Police Department will perform a rifle salute, and Brian Gutierrez will blow Taps.
The public is welcome and encouraged to come to LionsÕ Field on Thursday to participate in this tribute to the American Soldier.