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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
CONTACT: Harry Bradley, Superintendent, Texas State Cemetery
Phone: 512-463-6023

Texas State Cemetery Monument Honors Fallen Texans

AUSTIN — The Texas State Cemetery has installed a flagpole in its monument section to serve as an ongoing reminder that Texans are serving in combat zones around the world. Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., of Brownsville, asked that the flagpole be installed and the flag lowered to half staff whenever a Texan dies in combat.

Lucio, author of Senate Bill 2135 authorizing the flagpole, said it will be a solemn reminder of the ongoing sacrifice of Texans in service to their country.

“As Veterans Day approaches, it is important to remember those who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate price,” Lucio said. “The flagpole is a small, but significant acknowledgement of what each of these men and women fight for every day.”

The Texas State Cemetery is home to a number of monuments acknowledging the service of Texans in war. The most recent monument, dedicated last year, is meant to honor all Texas Vietnam veterans. In addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, there are memorials to Texans who fought in World War II, Texan Purple Heart Recipients, Texan Medal of Honor Recipients and Texas Gold Star Mothers.

According to Cemetery Superintendent Harry Bradley, the flagpole is an important addition to the monument section.

“The new veteran’s flagpole is a reminder that Texans have always served their country and still do today,” Bradley said.

The Texas State Cemetery is located at 909 Navasota Street in Austin and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

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