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by Carline Schwartz

U.S. Army Colonel James Waldron explains the significance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.

More than 100 people gathered at Veterans Memorial Park on the Triangle in Dripping Springs, to honor fallen service members for Memorial Day on Monday. The event was hosted by local VFW Post 2933 and American Legion Post 290.

U.S. Army Colonel James Waldron, a 1986 graduate of Texas A&M University, spoke of the importance of Memorial More…

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by Carline Schwartz for Around Dripping Springs

U.S. Navy veteran Ronnie “Shorty” Barnett (left) and local artist Teresa Carson pose in front of the mural Carson painted in honor of local U.S. military service members. 

Members of VFW Post 2933 and American Legion Post 290 gathered in Dripping Springs on Saturday, May 19, to dedicate a patriotic mural by a local artist among other festivities in honor of Armed Forces Day.

The large mural was first presented to the VFW Hall in September 2011. The 8’ x 12’ piece of art is painted with oils on wooden boards and represents all branches of the military. Local artist, Teresa Carson, said it took her more than two months to finish the piece that honors those who have served in the United States military.

“I did it for all five of my great uncles who served and they had a hand in raising my dad,” Carson said. “They all had an impact on me.”

Carson’s dedication appears in the bottom right corner of the mural: “Dedicated to Shorty Barnett in honor of his time and dedication to this post.”

Ronnie “Shorty” Barnett is a member of VFW Post 2933 who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War on the USS Rupertus shortly after completing basic training in 1963. The ship is represented in the mural.

“(The mural dedication) is something we wanted to do ever since she completed it,” Barnett said. “Armed Forces Day was the perfect day because it represents all branches of the military.”

Gary Hale (right) explains what Armed Forces Day is all about, while holding a photo of Sam Fosdick, currently serving in the U.S. Navy. Sam’s parents, Rusty and Frances Ann Fosdick (left, center), join Hale at the microphones.

VFW member Gary Hale, said the event – which was the first of its kind for the community, also paid tribute to those currently serving in the military.

“Armed Forces Day is about the men and women serving today,” Hale said. “It honors service members in the five military branches.”

Armed Forces Day was created in 1949, to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days and celebrate the unification of the Armed Forces under one department, according to the Department of Defense website. Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May, while Armed Forces Week begins the second Saturday in May.

The Kyle Family entertains veterans and their families on Armed Forces Day.

The Kyle Family, a Southern Gospel quintet, performed several of their songs at the Saturday celebration. The group consists of Judge Terry Kyle, Bodie Hudson, Mary Margaret Dement, Frances Ann Fosdick and David Kyle, who was not able to attend. The Kyle’s father served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

On Saturday, May 26, the community is invited to place flags on the graves of local veterans at Phillips Cemetery on Ranch Road 12 south in Dripping Springs, beginning at 9 a.m. Flags will also be placed at Wallace Mountain, Driftwood and Fitzhugh cemeteries.

On Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day – the Dripping Springs American Legion Post 290 and VFW Post 2933 will present a Memorial Day Program at the Memorial Flagpole on the Dripping Springs Triangle (Hwy. 290 at Ranch Road 12) from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Veteran’s Memorial Day Breakfast will also be hosted by the St. Martin de Porres’ Knights of Columbus, Council 11695, at 7:30am on Monday, in the Parish Hall. St. Martin de Porres is located at Post Oak Road and Ranch Road 12 south. The breakfast is free to all local veterans and their family members. Members of local Police and Fire Departments are also invited. For more information, contact Neil Fox: nfox3@austin.rr.com

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