Historic Salado Cemetery
The annual Memorial Day service in Salado, featuring a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force, got under way at 9:30 a.m. May 30 at the Historic Salado Cemetery on Baines Street.
Tim Brown served as master of ceremonies, and also gave special recognition to veterans at the event and to families of those buried at the cemetery.
Mayor Merle Stalcup and Salado Cemetery Association President Dr. Steven Ervin provided welcoming remarks.
A featured speaker was Staff Sergeant (SSG) Patrick Zeigler, who was wounded in the Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009. He shared comments on what Memorial Day means to him.
Retired Colonel Stephen Peters, Treasurer of Friends of Salado Cemetery Association, and Terry Bergstrom, cemetery board member, read the roll call of veterans' names.
There are 414 veterans buried at the Salado Cemetery. A majority of them served during wartime. Also interred at Salado Cemetery are the Rev. George W. Baines, great-grandfather of President Lyndon B. Johnson; the Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Ferguson, parents of Gov. James E. Ferguson; A. J. Rose, grand master of AF&AM of Texas and trustee of Texas A&M College; J.L. Smith and S.J. Jones, who both served as Salado College presidents.
During the ceremony, a memorial wreath was placed at the base of the flag poles by retired Major Woodie Grisham, Don Clayton and Bryan Johnson.
Will Cook from Salado High School played Taps in memory of veterans buried in Salado and in foreign lands. Also Nick Classen performed on the bagpipes.
The event takes place rain or shine.