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Memorial Day

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Honoring Military Service Men and Women: Yesterday and Today

Alexander Thomas Augusta was a surgeon, veteran of the American Civil War. Born: March 8, 1825, Norfolk, VA Died: December 21, 1890, Washington, D.C. Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery

Charles Young (March 12, 1864 – January 8, 1922) was the third African-American graduate of the United States Military Academy, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attaché, first black man to achieve the rank of colonel in the United States Army, and highest-ranking black officer in the regular army until his death in 1922.

Hispanics have a proud and indeed enviable record of military service, dating all the way back to the Civil War. Whether their heritage can be traced to Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or one of dozens of other Spanish-speaking countries or cultures, they've answered the "call to duty," defending America with unwavering valor and honor.

Nadja Yudith West is a retired United States Army lieutenant general and the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and former Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Command.

Lloyd Austin is the current US Secretary of Defense. Austin was born on August 8, 1953, in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975, where he was commander of G-1 (G Company, 1st Regiment). He later earned a Master of Arts degree in counselor education from Auburn University's College of Education in 1986, and a Master of Business Administration in business management from Webster University in 1989. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

Ray Funeral & Cremation Service is proud to recognize the history of military service as well as honor veterans and current service men and women. Jesse Ray, Sr. served as a civilian employee (embalmer) of the US Army in Europe during World War II to prepare killed U S servicemen to return home.

To our veterans: “Thank you for your honorable duty and sacrifice”.

To our current service men and women: “We are grateful for your courage to defend our freedom and democracy”.

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