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Veterans memorial going up at Stouts Creek Cemetery; Military buried there include Civil War vets

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A dedication for the new veterans memorial monument being installed at Stouts Creek Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the cemetery.

“This is not your run-of-the-mill veterans memorial monument. It’s 10x15 at the base. Benches have been donated to go around it. For a small cemetery, this is very impressive,” said Nancy Mays, the volunteer who is coordinating the dedication for Stouts Creek Cemetery Board. “John Jennings offered to give money if the board would put [the memorial monument] up. The Cemetery Board voted on it and we’re going to hold the dedication service this Saturday.”

The monument includes the names of 50 veterans buried in Stouts Creek Cemetery starting with the Civil War and including World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. As is tradition, the bell will be rung for each. 

Hopkins County Military Coalition will post the flags, give a 21-gun salute and play “Taps.”

The laying of the wreaths will be conducted by Don Meeks, chaplain of Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Marilyn Bolding with the Daughter of the Confederacy. Veteran John Jennings will be on hand to place one of the veterans wreaths.

There will be an empty chair in honor of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Stouts Creek Cemetery is located on U.S. Highway 67 east, between Saltillo and Sulphur Springs. Community members are encouraged to attend the dedication, especially military families with relatives buried there. Families of some Confederate veterans buried in the cemetery have indicated plans to attend the dedication honoring their decedents, according to Mays.

 

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