KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 30, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy families and residents can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom while celebrating and connecting with community.
Annual Katy Memorial Day Program is Today
The Katy VFW Post 9182 and American Legion Post 164 will host their annual Memorial Day program this morning at 10:00 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery (6801 Franz Road.)
The event welcomes veterans and community residents alike. There will be a posting of the colors by the Katy VFW Honor Guard as well as the pledge of allegiance and invocation.
"Memorial Day is about recognizing the sacrifice that someone made for our freedoms," says Peter Batura, Commander of the American Legion Post 164. "It is critical for Katy citizens and anyone in the surround communities to recognize that we have our freedom to assemble, vote, worship because of the sacrifice made by others."
Honored guest speakers will be present and an original poem by Poet Laureate Hubert E. (Ernie) Cormier II, Post Commander American Legion Post 164 will be presented.
A memorial service will include the tolling of the bell for the deceased VFW Post 9182 & American Legion Post 164 comrades and first responders as well as a “21” gun salute and taps.
Bring the family out to honor those Katy service men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice.
2022 Memorial Day Poem
Elegy To Those Taken Away © By Hubert E. Cormier II You stood up, you spoke loud, You stood up, above the crowd, You stood up, so very proud. You stood up, with right on your side, You stood up, to stem the tide, You stood up, you did not hide. You stood up, without a word to say, You stood up, and led the way, You stood up, came what may. You stood up and with all your might, You stood up and entered the fight, you stood up and fought, till morning's light. You stood up and answered the call, You stood up, so very tall, You stood up and gave your all. We stand here gathered this spring day, We stand here in silence, this day in May, We stand here to honor those taken away.
"Today is an opportunity for people to honor that sacrifice no matter if you come to the event or not," says Com. Batura. "No matter what you do, take a moment to reflect and say respect to those who died so that we have what we have today."
How will you honor fallen local veterans today?