Members of the American Legion Post 409 in Cotulla help raise the Stars and Stripes over the downtown park in a brief ceremony for Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, in commemoration of all those who served their country in uniform. The day marks the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, and is observed around the world, alternately known as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.
In South Texas, Veterans Day events traditionally include community gathering for ceremonies of patriotism and remembrance, and dedications by elected officials, but were minimized this year out of respect for health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. At Cotulla’s event, students from the Frank Newman Middle School joined band director Jaime Martinez in a performance of ‘Taps’ and a prayer was recited by local veteran Kye Page. The ceremony was conducted by Leodoro Martinez; a memorial wreath was presented by County Judge Joel Rodriguez and Commissioner Jack Alba.
Schools across both counties hosted similar events, closed to the public but viewed online, including music and commemorative testimonials and prayers. Ceremonies closed at 11 a.m. with the ringing of church bells in a symbolic ushering of peace. (CURRENT Photo: Marc Robertson)