Memorial Day Plus Two
When Pop took over the Spurs I thought he was a stiff. I thought he was a nobody. Then I was informed that he was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. The icing on the cake was that he served in the United States Air Force Security Service. My father retired from Security Service. That was all I needed to know. I decided with a man like Pop the Spurs were going places. Hoo Rah!
One time I was going to attend a Hispanic Heritage Week luncheon at the Fort Sam Houston NCO Open Mess. The featured speaker that year was Henry Cisneros who was running for mayor. I had just returned home from Korea and did not know what was going on locally. I called my mother and asked her who Henry Cisneros was. She informed me that his father was an Army Colonel and Henry had graduated from Texas A&M. That was all I needed to know. Hoo Rah!
Today I found out that San Antonio, within the past few days, had its first native son casualty in Afghanistan. San Antonio native Lt. Col. Albert E. Smart II, 41, collapsed and died recently (date not given) of unknown cause. Today he joined about 107,000 veterans and their dependents at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetary. All sacrifice, for some it is the ultimate sacrifice.
Can you imagine 157 acres with 107,000 plus flags on graves and an additional hundred or so full size flags? Band, bugler and all the ceremonial honors. Speeches to remember those veterans who have passed on. I will be there someday with my parents, friends, neighbors and quite a few comrades in arms that I served with during my time of service, military and federal. Hoo Rah!