Wars & remembrances
Like the county itself, Bandera's Memorial Weekend parade, sponsored by the Bandera County Chamber of Commerce, was filled with military units and displays of the American Flag. As American Legion Post 157 Commander Charlie Baker explained, "Memorial Day is a solemn occasion about remembering those who didn't return. Veterans Day celebrates those who did." During his address at the Memorial Day commemoration, held Monday, May 27, Baker recalled the county's numerous residents who answered their nation's call to arms in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and wars in the Middle East - some of whom never returned to their homes in the Texas Hill Country. "As long as we have these memorials, those men will never be forgotten," Baker said in his address. Incredibly, however, 84 men who fought in World War II still live in Bandera County. The Bandera County Courier thanks all members of the military for their service to this country.