Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post & Auxiliary Unit 240 invites the public to attend Post 240’s annual Memorial Day Service conducted at West End Cemetery American Legion Veterans Field of Honor beginning at 9:00am on Monday May 29, 2023. Limited seating for this 30-minute program will be available.
Master of Ceremony, Keith Fredrickson, Post 240 Vice Commander, will begin service with guest introductions and opening remarks followed by the invocation offered by Army veteran Dick Carroll, Post 240 Legionnaire and current FBC Minister to SR Adults. Hoisting and lowering of flag to the CD bugle call “To the Colors,” and unison singing of our National Anthem will conclude service opening.
Guest speaker will be James Bell United States Marine Corp Veteran of The Gulf War era and recipient of two Purple Heart awards and multiple awards for valor during combat actions in Iraq. His military service in the war on terror included support operations in Afghanistan. Jimmy, a 2001 graduate of Hico High School, joined and began Marine Corps recruit training 3 days after graduating high school. He was home on boot camp leave when the attacks on 9/11 occurred. He deployed several times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a Reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Recon Battalion and 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company,
Upon completion of his active duty, Jimmy returned to Stephenville and served in the TX Army National Guard until 2008. Jimmy graduated from Tarleton State University in Dec 2014 with a BA in political science. While attending Tarleton, Jimmy was a Charter Member and 3-time President of the Tarleton Veterans Association, a nationally recognized chapter of The Student Veterans of America, which is still a thriving and active student organization serving veterans attending Tarleton State University.
Jimmy worked at FMC for several years before going into sales in the firearms industry. He is now the owner/operator of Texas Ordnance Depot in Hico, TX.
Laying of wreath by guest speaker and Auxiliary Unit 240 President Martha Fredrickson followed by Post 240 Honor Guard Rifle Salute and Taps presented by Post 240 bugler will close the service.
Limited seating will be available for this 30-minute program.