Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jourdanton City Cemetery Marker is Dedicated

April 18, 2009 was a day of celebration. The Jourdanton City Cemetery, which was layed out with the town in 1909, unveiled a new Official Texas Historical Marker. The ceremony, originally planed to be held within the cemetery, had to move to the community center and library because of a much needed rain. The turnout was large. J.W.Holmes, president of the cemetery association was MC, speakers were County Judge Dianah Bautista, Norman Porter, Sr., Chairman of the county historical commission, Mayor Larry Pryor and the marker inscription was read by Barbara Westbrook, chair of the historical marker committee. The colors were presented by V.F.W. Post #4853, and taps was played by Pat Dornak. An opening prayer was read by Rev. Lyn Means from the First Baptist Church of Jourdanton, and a benediction was given by Rev.James Schendel from the United Methodist Church of Jourdanton.

A Civil War re-enactment was planned for the cemetery, but, also had to be moved inside. Rick Brockman and his wife, each in costume, presented an interesting array of flags, and other Civil War era items.

The highlight of the event was when the Jourdanton Jr. High advanced 7th and 8th grade, Science/History club students portrayed 17 people who are buried in the cemetery. The kids worked for months researching, creating costumes, and writing their scripts. They each got into their characters and it was a huge hit. They plan to present their acts at future events.

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