We shall not forget the sacrifices

Portland, Ingleside, Aransas Pass and Rockport will have special Memorial Day observances to allow residents to reflect on the sacrifices of men and women who died while serving our country. The last Monday of May is the official day chosen as a solemn reminder that freedom is never free.

Portland is holding their “Lest We Forget” candlelight service on Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial behind City Hall at 1900 Billy G Webb. Patriot Guard Riders will line the area with their flags while the Veterans Band provides the musical tributes. Congressman Blake Farenthold is expected to address the audience. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Aransas Pass residents are invited to Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. The park is located at the intersection of North McCampbell and West Maddox Street. Members of the VFW John Wieble Post #2931 will honor past members for their service to their country and the community.

Dudley Ives VFW Post 6386 in Ingleside will hold a Memorial Day Remembrance event also on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. Members and guests will gather at their Memorial Garden amid the flag-decorated grave sites of deceased members. This cemetery is located on CR 79 off Hwy 181 between Gregory and Taft.

Monday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to Veterans Memorial Park on Austin Street in Rockport for a special Memorial Day Observance.  The men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces will be honored.

As most of our residents and visitors enjoy a three-day holiday weekend, the communities in My Coastal World are offering opportunities for everyone to take a few minutes to remember the reason for Memorial Day and honor those who paid the ultimate cost for the freedoms all enjoy.