Memorial Day planned at the Hearne Railroad Depot

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This year’s Memorial Day commemoration in Hearne on Monday at 9:00 a.m. will be both unique and traditional. As in year’s past, MC Chuck Carlson (our county’s VA representative and American Legion commander) will honor those who have served in defense of our country—after all, those who served are the reason Hearne residents can meet to celebrate Memorial Day.

New this year will be the location—Hearne’s historic train depot. Another first will be special speaker Mike Southerland, Lt. Col. Rtd., and former Bryan City Councilman. Southerland was a helicopter pilot in the Viet Nam War and former commander of the 420th Engineer Brigade headquartered in Bryan. Southerland was a stand-out on the Bryan City Council—often voting against the majority—and an interesting man to hear.

Also unique will be Camp Hearne’s presentation of a renovated plague honoring four Hearne graduates who died in WWII.

Traditional elements include honoring the two youngsters—Carla Hernandez of Hearne ISD and Stephen Zachery Vaughn of Mumford ISD – who will receive American Legion Scholarships this year. Both graduating seniors have worked hard in high school and on their jobs and have earned the right to go to college with some additional funds from the American Legion.

Meet representatives of the American Legion and the Hearne VFW on Monday to honor our veterans on Memorial Day.

Melissa Freeman | Robertson County News

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