Memorial Day events happening across Brownsville

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Avah and Desmond Troy Garcia walk with their grandfather, retired U.S. Army veteran Jose Maya as they search for a veteran’s grave Saturday morning as part of an annual flag placement for Memorial Day at Brownsville’s Old City Cemetery. (Denise Cathey | The Brownsville Herald)

Memorial Day will fall on May 29 and there are events lined up to celebrate the holiday in Brownsville.

The holiday, which is observed on the last Monday of May, honors the people who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The Brownsville Historical Association will be honoring veterans at the Old City Cemetery at 7 a.m. Monday.

The cemetery is located at the corner of 5th Street and East Madison Street.

“Over 450 identified veterans representing wars from the Indian Wars, World War I and II, and the Persian Gulf War are buried in the Old City Cemetery,” the BHA wrote on its Facebook event page. “Those buried represent both Union and Confederate Soldiers and several from the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900s.”

The BHA also wrote that they will be placing a U.S. flag on each identified veterans’ graves.

Additionally, they said to contact Dave Parsons at (956) 541-5560 for more information or if you’d like to volunteer Saturday to place flags.

At 8:15 a.m. Monday, the American Vietnam Chapter 1 will hold its 38th memorial to honor the 28 men from Brownsville who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War.

The ceremony will be held at Hanna High School, where a plaque honoring the men resides.

Later in the day, the annual Memorial Day Silent March will take place at 10 a.m. at the H-E-B parking lot on Central Boulevard, then to Veterans Park next to the library, where the Blue Star Memorial Marker was unveiled back in 2019.

The event will feature a 21-gun salute, along with speeches to honor the dedication and sacrifice of the armed forces.

Since the opening of Sams Pool falls on the same day as the holiday, the city is inviting the community to a free splash day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

The pool is located at 501 E Ringgold St.

There will also be free hotdogs while supplies last.

Those planning on attending must wear proper swimming attire and that the max capacity of the pool is 200. Children 12 or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times, which the city specified must be 16 years or older.

For more information, the city encourages you to call the aquatics office at (956) 275-1114.