Hundreds of people attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Kerr County War Memorial on Monday and heard the names of local war dead read aloud, as well as a speech by retired Col. Jack Lousma, U.S. Marine Corps.

“Let their sacrifices not be in vain and their legacy not be wasted,” urged Lousma, a former pilot, astronaut and aeronautical engineer. “This legacy is one of freedom and justice, of opportunity and security, of rights and values, of inspiration and patriotism, and of pride in being an American. If they had to do it over again, they would, and if they could express their wish to us today or leave a word of advice, they would tell us to carry on, to stay the course, to not allow the price they paid to be in vain.”

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