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Fort Concho marks Memorial Day with somber service

"Without them, we wouldn't have a country."
Credit: Kami Simmons

SAN ANGELO, Texas — An artillery salute broke the silence of a somber Memorial Day service at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark.

Joyce Gray, organizer and Texas Daughters of the American Revolution Pocahontas Chapter, NSDAR representative, said, "What a great place to hold it. Where the original fort of San Angelo was. We are so fortunate to have that in our city, and it's a place where history was started, and history continued to be made. So it's a place that was wonderful to remember and memorialize the veterans that gave that sacrifice for us." 

Robert Browne served as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy and retired with 21 years of service.

"I've got friends who've died, and they deserve to be remembered...I hope they enjoy the fact we live in a country that was paid for in blood and that they appreciate the fact people died to make this country what it is," Browne said. 

Gray's husband, John Gray, was a veteran. Her father was also a veteran who served in World War II. According to her, he did not die in service. However, he gave many years of his life to defending his country. 

Gray said she hopes the rest of the community continues to use this day to honor and recognize those who have allowed the country to have its freedom. 

"I hope they think about the veterans that gave their lives for the sacrifice of this country. Without them, we wouldn't have a country. I hope people will understand that and understand the importance of Memorial Day."