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Philip Knowles, a retired B-1 crew chief who spent 20 of his 24 service years at Dyess Air Force Base, wore an Air Force baseball-style jersey to Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

Philip Knowles, a retired B-1 crew chief who spent 20 of his 24 service years at Dyess Air Force Base, wore an Air Force baseball-style jersey to Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

U.S. flags attached to a vehicle flap in a brisk southerly wind Monday at the entrance Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Attendees had to park on both sides of FM 600 to the south and north of the cemetery. May 27, 2019

U.S. flags attached to a vehicle flap in a brisk southerly wind Monday at the entrance Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Attendees had to park on both sides of FM 600 to the south and north of the cemetery. 

 

"I came to remember them all." A man who said he had served and knew some buried at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene sits Monday before the start of a Memorial Day ceremony. He holds a poppy given him moments before. 

 

Will Holloway of Clyde, who put in 20 years in the Air Force, walked quietly by himself among the headstones at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene at a Memorial Day observance was starting Monday. May 27 2019

Will Holloway of Clyde, who put in 20 years in the Air Force, walked quietly by himself among the headstones at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene at a Memorial Day observance was starting Monday.

 

Salutes to the U.S. flag were given when the colors were presented Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27 2019

Salutes to the U.S. flag were given when the colors were presented Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington spoke about service Monday, but especially by the patriotic residents of West Texas. Arrington was the speaker for a ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27 2019

U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington spoke about service Monday, but especially by the patriotic residents of West Texas. Arrington was the speaker for a ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

The family of Ralph Edward Bragg Sr. decorated his headstone, newly arrived at Texas Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, with more than two dozen flags. Bragg moved from West Virginia to Abilene, dying just two months ago. His daughter, Jennifer Evans, and her husband, Ben, and other family members had hoped it would arrive by Father's Day but were delighted to see it for Memorial Day. The inscription

The family of Ralph Edward Bragg Sr. decorated his headstone, newly arrived at Texas Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, with more than two dozen flags. Bragg moved from West Virginia to Abilene, dying just two months ago. His daughter, Jennifer Evans, and her husband, Ben, and other family members had hoped it would arrive by Father's Day but were delighted to see it for Memorial Day. The inscription "All my exes live in Texas" is a reference to the George Strait hit song; Evans said her father claimed to have had five ex-wives in the state, which is why he resided in West Virginia and not West Texas.

 

During his keynote address, U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington recognized Dennis Bruno, who served in World War II as a member of the Canadian Air Force. Arrington spoke at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

During his keynote address, U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington recognized Dennis Bruno, who served in World War II as a member of the Canadian Air Force. Arrington spoke at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene.

 

Butch joined Jeff Jardine, junior vice commander for the Taylor County Disabled American Veterans office, at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

Butch joined Jeff Jardine, junior vice commander for the Taylor County Disabled American Veterans office, at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

Celestina Garcia showed her patriotism by wearing a flag bandanna to Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Her father, Raul Garcia, served in the Air Force and was interred at the cemetery in 2017, she said. May 27, 2019

Celestina Garcia showed her patriotism by wearing a flag bandanna to Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Her father, Raul Garcia, served in the Air Force and was interred at the cemetery in 2017, she said. 

 

The Air Force (from left), Marine Corps, Navy and Army were represented by the uniforms of four attendees at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. The four were asked to stand, to applause from large crowd.

The Air Force (from left), Marine Corps, Navy and Army were represented by the uniforms of four attendees at Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. The four were asked to stand, to applause from large crowd.

 

Staff Sgt. Tyler Quilty, who is stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, salutes during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

Staff Sgt. Tyler Quilty, who is stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, salutes during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

A gun salute came at the conclusion of Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

A gun salute came at the conclusion of Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

A recording of

A recording of "Taps" often is played at a veteran's graveside service but Abilene Community Band member Bob Johnson, of Ranger, played it live Monday at a Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

The colors depart Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

The colors depart Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

Yellow roses were placed by the Navy branch seal during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Gold Star parents were invited to take one to place at a headstone. May 27, 2019

Yellow roses were placed by the Navy branch seal during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Gold Star parents were invited to take one to place at a headstone.

 

Adilynn Poteet, 6, reads the inscription on a headstone after Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. She just finished first grade at Hawley Eementary School. May 27, 2019

Adilynn Poteet, 6, reads the inscription on a headstone after Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. She just finished first grade at Hawley Eementary School. 

 

Sharon Miller on Monday photographs a headstone of a cousin's best friend. Capt. Jeffrey Walter Welch. He died in 2018, and family living elsewhere has not seen his headstone at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. May 27, 2019

Sharon Miller on Monday photographs a headstone of a cousin's best friend. Capt. Jeffrey Walter Welch. He died in 2018, and family living elsewhere has not seen his headstone at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. 

 

The headstone of a Navy veteran, decorated with a flag.

The headstone of a Navy veteran, decorated with a flag.

 

Many who attended Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene wore patriotic clothing. May 27, 2019

Many who attended Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene wore patriotic clothing. 

May 27, 2019

 

By GREG JAKLEWICZ/REPORTER-NEWS

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