AUSTIN-- They have served their country honorably and laid down their lives to preserve freedom.
On every Memorial Day since 1966, America pauses amid the picnics and barbecues to pay tribute to our service men and women who've paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. At Texas State Cemetery, two men who served more than 200 years ago in our country's first battle for freedom, were among those remembered.
Texas State Cemetery is not the place most would chose to celebrate a holiday.
A lot of people see Memorial Day as a day to go picnic or buy clothes, said Kathi Thomas, with the Thankful Hubbard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This really grounds us to what our country is all about. It s about sacrifice. It s about doing for the common good. It s not about me, me, me.
While all who ve served are remembered during this ceremony a special tribute is given to two buried here.
Stephen Williams and Robert Rankin are the only veterans of the American Revolutionary War buried at Texas State Cemetery. Each was eulogized individually. The other 3,300 buried here, along with their contributions to this country's freedom, are not forgotten.
An appreciation of the sacrifice that men and women have to give to maintain our freedom, said Roberta Grant, an Austin resident. Our freedom is not free. It s purchased with a very dear price.
The Thankful Hubbard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Patrick Henry Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution sponsor this Memorial Day Service every year dating back to the 80s.