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Email   Print   Share By Sgt. Garett Hernandez, 41st Fires Bde. Public Affairs
May 9, 2013 | News
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Command Sgt. Maj. Jennifer Love, command sergeant major for the 589th BSB, 41st Fires Bde., looks over the traveling Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial that made a stop April 27 at the veterans’ appreciation celebration held in Centerville, Texas. Sgt. Garett Hernandez, 41st Fires Bde. Public Affairs
CENTERVILLE - This small Texas town of about 900 people held its annual veterans’ appreciation day celebration April 27.

Centerville adopted the 41st Fires “Rail Gunners” Brigade. Located in Leon County, the town of Centerville is no stranger to giving back to the military and its veterans.

Leon County has been generous when it comes to America’s armed forces, having donated turkeys for Thanksgiving and toys for Christmas to the Soldiers of the Rail Gunners Brigade.

The celebration started off like many military ceremonies with the posting of America’s Colors, provided by the local Palestine chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Col. William McRae, 41st Fires Brigade commander, was the first guest speaker to address the audience.

Before McRae could start his speech, he was surprised by three Rail Gunners who marched up and presented him with a saxophone. McRae then began to play “America the Beautiful” for the crowd’s pleasure.

“I didn’t know the colonel could play the saxophone,” said Sgt. Jonathan Garcia, a transportation operator with 67th Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment.

Also addressing the crowd of approximately 200 people was Congressman Kevin Brandy, who represents Texas’ 8th Congressional District.

Brandy talked about the expanded health clinic for the local veterans and the plans of expanding the health care system even more in his district.

Once the keynote speaker finished, the Soldiers and veterans were treated to a barbecue lunch donated by businesses from throughout Leon County.

There were also door prizes given away to a few lucky individuals.

Along with the festivities, several organizations were on hand to provide information to veterans about the benefits they earned through their military service.

“Everybody needs to remember their veterans,” said former Marine and Vietnam Veteran Steve Severn. “We really need to pay our respects to our veterans.”
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