The Odessa Record -

Memorial Day boasts perfect weather, little wind

 

--Photos for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

A somewhat smaller than usual crowd was on hand for this year's Memorial Day ceremony at the Odessa Cemetery. But the hard work of a few nevertheless left the area decorated with flowers and flags on the majority of graves.

Memorial Day last Monday was celebrated with the usual ceremony at the Odessa Cemetery and earlier in the day at Quail Court. Members of VFW Post #7395 and American Legion Post #105 were on hand to carry the flags, fire the 21-gun salute and present other parts of the program. These former service members, some of them in their eighties, still have the courage and feel the obligation to show their pride in their fellow veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Those veterans placed a cross and flag on the grave of every veteran in the Odessa Cemetery, then went on to present the program.

Veteran Jerry Jasman places the flag being dedicated in the name of Robert "Shorty" Sewall who died during the past year.

Legion member Bob Kissler emceed the proceedings, Frank White and Frank Clark were part of the honor guard, and Loren Totusek held the U.S. flag. Firing the salute were veterans Edwin Jasman, Jerry Jasman, John Hardt, Tony Quilici and Gerald (Seth) Smith.

Some non-veterans also made contributions. Jeremy Jasman brought the ceremonial bugle for the playing of Taps. Mike Hardung, called upon veterans from the audience to help him lay the wreath at the World War II tank at the cemetery commemorating those who served in that conflict. Pastor Jon Hayashi of Heritage Church in Odessa gave the invocation and spoke on the meaning of the symbolism and history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

The crowd was not as large as in some years, but for those who came out, the brief ceremony was gratifying, the weather was perfect and the majority of graves were very tastefully decorated.

 

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