In honor of Veterans Day, the Tyler Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will honor the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a 21-gun salute, a blessing from CAMP V and the Garden “Never Forget” by Rose Garden and other programs.
The Mary Tyler Chapter of NSDAR will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the grave starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at CAMP V, also known as the Community Assisting Military Personnel and Veterans, located at 3212 W. Front St. in Tyler, with a Veterans Day program featuring the Guard of the Colors, proclamations and remarks from local dignitaries.
The dignitaries’ remarks will be from Mayor Tyler Don Warren and Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran.
Located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the historic monument is dedicated to the deceased US servicemen whose remains have not been identified. The tomb was created in 1921.
Mary Tyler Chapter Organizer and Regent Joanna Reagan said the grave is a fond memory for families who have lost someone in war.
At 11:00 a.m., the NSDAR will hold the national salute at CAMP V with a 21-gun salute, including three volleys from seven rifles.
Those involved in this ceremony will be Jacksonville Marine Corps League # 1381 Senior Vice Commander Dee Merritt and Brook Hill Lower School Band Instructor Kevin Pierce. Pierce will play “Taps”.
Reverend David Luckenbach, Rector of Christ Church Episcopal, will bless the CAMP V “Never Forget” Garden and DAR Texas State Regent Marcy Carter-Lovick will present a bouquet of white roses (a chosen symbol of the honor guard who stands sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for every hour of every day).
The Nix family of Whitehouse donated 30 white rose bushes for the events.
The “Never Forget Garden,” designed by the honor guard, preserves the memory and legacy of veterans, Reagan said.
“It means that we are with you and that they will never be forgotten,” she said. “’We will never forget’ means that we are in the same boat with you. The honor guard thinks that as long as you remember this person on duty, she’ll never leave. The “never forget” garden is a symbol of this devotion. “
An NSDAR Luncheon will follow at noon at the Tyler Rose Garden Center with Carter-Lovick as a guest speaker.
Lunch costs $ 25 per person. Checks may be made payable to the Mary Tyler Chapter and mailed to Deb Harris, 3619 Peggy’s Place in Tyler.
A program on the Queen’s Court Lawn in the Rose Garden will begin at 1:30 p.m. with proclamations and remarks from local dignitaries, a solemn procession to the “Never Forget” Garden led by the Color Guard, a blessing from the Christ Church episcopal clergy the “Never Forget” garden in the rose garden and another presentation of Carter-Lovick’s bouquet of white roses.
The NSDAR has called for proclamations and remarks from Governor Greg Abbott, US Senator John Cornyn, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden, and others.
Reagan said the procession will mirror the ceremony in Washington DC at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and it will be deeply patriotic and very moving.
“It’s so important because there are so many families, including today, where they haven’t been able to find or identify their family members in the service,” he said. she declared. “They represent the son and daughter of everyone who were killed in the war.”
Reagan said she joined the NSDAR in 2005, and the local is one of the oldest in Texas with a motto “God, Home and Country” and a mission of education, historic preservation and patriotism. .
She said the NSDAR participates in Wreaths Across America (a program where veterans have wreaths placed on their graves), celebrates Constitution Week, encourages people to vote and honors veterans.