Ranger Exes Memorial-TX - RHS Veterans Blessing Ceremony of the Stone

Native American blessing of the Ranger Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stone was held on Saturday, May 31, 2008. This was during the 1st Annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial assembly which will be an annual event. The Patriot Guard Riders started the event with a motorcycle parade from the swimming pool to the memorial area. David Mojica, a member of the Laguna Pueblo Nation and Orlando Sosa, a member of the Comanche Apache Nation, performed a "smudging" ceremony, which has a long tradition with native peoples as a purification ceremony. Commander Joel Jimenez and Commander Larry Monroe welcomed guests and speakers. An invocation was given by Cliff Lindsay and Judge Fields thanked all veterans for their service. Keynote speaker was VA Director Carl Lowe. After the ceremony, a barbeque was held. Photos courtesy of Joel Jimenez. Blessing of the Stone #01

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