Veterans honored at local cemeteries



Back row, from left, are Boy Scouts Troop 194 Wesley Maspero, Augustin De La Torre, Eagle Scout, Alberto De La Torre, Bill Meadows, Charter Representative, Garrett Mills, Zander Temple, ASPL, Jairo Ortiz, Seth Macmanus, SPL, J.R. Lopez, Carter McMain, Connor Below, Tex Anderson, Cole Hannah, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, William Chancellor, Blaine Macmanus, Eagle Scout, from Catholic Life Insurance Pleasanton Branch #63 are Bill Slomchinski, President, Randall Harred, Agent and John Beard. Front row, from left, are Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Treasurer, Brandon Below, Cubmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster, Cub Scouts from Pack 194 Tiger Jake Taylor and Gibson Davila, Wolfs Jayden Scutt, Gatlyn Chain, Landon Brown, Bears Connor Keller and Hunter Carson, Webelos Tony Lopez and Riley Keller, Arrow of Lights Hunter Keller, Killian Kaiser, and Eli Dailey, from Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance members Julie Novak, 1st Vice President, Gail Slomchinski, Renelle Harred and Kathy Beard, Secretary. JOETT MORRISON | COURTESY PHOTO

Back row, from left, are Boy Scouts Troop 194 Wesley Maspero, Augustin De La Torre, Eagle Scout, Alberto De La Torre, Bill Meadows, Charter Representative, Garrett Mills, Zander Temple, ASPL, Jairo Ortiz, Seth Macmanus, SPL, J.R. Lopez, Carter McMain, Connor Below, Tex Anderson, Cole Hannah, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, William Chancellor, Blaine Macmanus, Eagle Scout, from Catholic Life Insurance Pleasanton Branch #63 are Bill Slomchinski, President, Randall Harred, Agent and John Beard. Front row, from left, are Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Treasurer, Brandon Below, Cubmaster and Asst. Scoutmaster, Cub Scouts from Pack 194 Tiger Jake Taylor and Gibson Davila, Wolfs Jayden Scutt, Gatlyn Chain, Landon Brown, Bears Connor Keller and Hunter Carson, Webelos Tony Lopez and Riley Keller, Arrow of Lights Hunter Keller, Killian Kaiser, and Eli Dailey, from Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance members Julie Novak, 1st Vice President, Gail Slomchinski, Renelle Harred and Kathy Beard, Secretary. JOETT MORRISON | COURTESY PHOTO

In observance of Veterans Day, the Cub Scouts Pack 194 and Boy Scouts Troop 194, both from Pleasanton, along with the members of Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance, honored veterans on Sunday, Nov. 10. They placed over 450 flags on their graves at the Pleasanton City Cemetery, San Ysidro Cemetery and Saint Andrews Cemetery #1 and #2, St. Luke’s Loire Cemetery, St. Joseph Las Gallinas Cemetery.

The flags were provided by the Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance as part of their “Make a Difference Day” where they join with other local groups to do a joint community service project. This is the eleventh annual joint venture for the three groups.

The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts participate in community service projects throughout the year as part of their “Good Turn for America” efforts. Annually, Catholic Life Insurance donates to Project Graduation, CAM, and Catholic religious education programs in Atascosa County. Additionally, flags are donated to a local school, and monetary donations are made to area fire departments.

Boy Scouts placing flags on veteran’s graves at San Ysidro Cemetery on Sunday, November 10. Pictured above back row left to right from Boy Scouts Troop 194 are Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Wesley Maspero, Blaine Macmanus, Eagle Scout, and Cole Hannah. Middle row left to right are Augustin De La Torre, Eagle Scout, Connor Below, Tex Anderson, Alberto De La Torre, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, Jairo Ortiz, William Chancellor, Zander Temple, ASPL, Carter McMain, and Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Treasurer. Front row sitting left to right are Seth Macmanus, SPL, Garrett Mills, J.R. Lopez. JOETT MORRISON | COURTESY PHOTO

Boy Scouts placing flags on veteran’s graves at San Ysidro Cemetery on Sunday, November 10. Pictured above back row left to right from Boy Scouts Troop 194 are Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Wesley Maspero, Blaine Macmanus, Eagle Scout, and Cole Hannah. Middle row left to right are Augustin De La Torre, Eagle Scout, Connor Below, Tex Anderson, Alberto De La Torre, Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, Jairo Ortiz, William Chancellor, Zander Temple, ASPL, Carter McMain, and Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Treasurer. Front row sitting left to right are Seth Macmanus, SPL, Garrett Mills, J.R. Lopez. JOETT MORRISON | COURTESY PHOTO

Julie Novak a member of Pleasanton Branch #63 of Catholic Life Insurance and a staff member of Fort Sam Houston ISD told the group about a veteran’s ceremony that took place at Cole High School on Friday, November 8th in San Antonio. Lieutenant Col. Robert G. Cole led a battalion that parachuted into Normandy France during the D-Day operations, and was killed in action. His wife and children accepted his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart awards in 1944, but passed away years later and the Purple Heart was lost. Lisa Ludgen found Cole’s Purple Heart at a Gun Show in Long Island, New York. She tracked down the school’s alumni association, got in touch with the school to donate it, and now, 75 years later, it’s come home to the High School named in Cole’s honor. The groups extend their sincere thanks to Mr. Thurman Mitchell and the Pleasanton City Cemetery Association for their approval for the placement of the flags and thanks to Shelly Lingo and Wes Newkirk for assisting with taking photos. Article and photos courtesy of Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster.

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