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Marble Falls Veterans Day Celebration Honors Very Loyal Service Members

Veteran Bobby Gaylon and his support dog, Rock, will be recognized during the Veterans Day celebration at The Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Courtesy photo

Several organizations are joining together to honor service members who gave so much to ensure the freedoms of this country.

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is hosting a Veterans Day celebration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, along with the Noon Rotary Club, the Bluebonnet Chorale, Quilts of Valor, and the Veterans of Foreign War Post 10376. The museum is located at 2001 W. Broadway in Marble Falls.

The VFW Post 10376 Honor Guard will present the colors. Ian Corley of the Marble Falls High School Band will sound the bugle at the raising of the flag and will play "Taps" at the close of the program. In between, the Bluebonnet Chorale will give a patriotic concert.

This year’s gathering will honor a special group of military members: service dogs. Specifically, Sgt. Stubby, a service dog who helped many soldiers during World War I bear the stress of the conflict. Sgt. Stubby slept and dined with the soldiers as well as protected and comforted them.

Veteran Rodger Woods and his support dog, Pepper, and veteran Bobby Galyon and his support dog, Rock, will be in attendance.

Terry Stracke, chairwoman of the Noon Rotary Club’s community service committee, noted some service dogs come from shelters. They’re trained to see the signs of specific needs from their veteran and act accordingly. Some veterans have severe flashbacks that can happen at any time. The dogs know how best to help that veteran and how to keep others away until it’s an appropriate time.

The service dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and most veterans don’t have to pay for them, she said.“This is something that will appeal to people,” she said. “This is a huge thing with our current veterans and something appropriate. It’s a win-win.”

In addition, six veterans will each receive a bedcover from Quilts of Valor: Robert Alexander, Arthur Treadway, William Kuschke, Sheila Kuschke, Leslie Wood, and Larry Zachary.

Museum visitors can view the World War I uniform of William Leon Whitman, who lived in Pleasant Valley, a community east of Marble Falls. The uniform of World War II veteran J.H. Frasier of Double Horn remains on display. He was held in two Japanese prisoner of war camps from 1942-45.

All veterans are welcome to attend.

Stracke said the event is important to her club and its members because some are veterans and others have family members who served.

“We feel strongly that we need to do this event every year,” she said. “We’re always trying to make the event pertinent and new.”

Go to fallsmuseum.org or call (830) 798-2571 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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