Unit No. 11 of the American Legion Auxiliary is planning to honor all Gold Star Mothers, or those who have lost sons or daughters in the service of their country, at a special service on May 8, according to Mrs. S. O. Evans, president. The meeting to honor these mothers will be held at the Service Center at 7:30 p. m.
Mrs. Evans states that she is anxious to contact all Gold Star mothers of this area and they may call her at Circle 5-3254.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 18, 1957
GOLD STAR MOTHERS--The American Legion Auxiliary honored Bay City's Gold Star Mothers at a luncheon at the country club Tuesday. Each of the honorees were presented with a corsage. Pictured are (standing, l to r) Mrs. T. C. Jones, Mrs. William Walker, Mrs. Cornelia Aubert, and Mrs. V. C. Glenn; and (seated) Mrs. H. H. Parker, Mrs. Letha McKelvy and Mrs. R. H. Legg
Daily Tribune, May 15, 1959
Shown, from left to right on the back row: Mrs. Letha MeKelvy, Mrs. R. . Legg, Mrs. Allie Parker, and Mrs. Cornelia Aubert.
Mrs. Lucy Jones, Mrs. Alice Hardy, Mrs. William Walker, Mrs. Elizabeth
Glenn, Mrs. Audry Fondon and Mrs. Belle Lawhon.
Ten "Gold Star" mothers were honored Monday when the Bay City American Legion Auxiliary members were hostesses for a luncheon at Cain's Restaurant.
The U-shaped table arrangement featured a bouquet of fresh sweetpeas at the head table, and decorated soap bars, gilded and flowered, were strung to place cards with ribbons, and presented as favors to the honor guests.
Mrs. Mary Anderson, chairman of the committee staging the affair, welcomed and introduced the guests. A tribute to mothers was read by Mrs. Mary Keller and Mrs. Roberta Turner read a poem, "Our Guiding Light."
Mrs. Elizabeth Glenn, auxiliary president announced there would be a meeting on May 22, and all committee reports should be completed. She advised the group that the colored auxiliary would have a cake sale Saturday, and urged support of the fund-raising event. Mrs. Glenn concluded her remarks by thanking the Gold Star committee for the excellent program and luncheon arrangements.
Attending were Mmes. William Walker, Allie Parker, Belle Lawhon of Matagorda, Alice Hardy, Julia Richers, Marcella Brittain, Elizabeth Glenn, Audry Fondon, Jane Buford, Lucy Jones, Alberta Brady, Roberta Turner, Ola Simpson, John Horn, Charles V. Yeamans, S. O. Evans, Irene Beyette, R. H. Legg, A. S. Dierlam, Cornelia Aubert, Letha McKelvy, Mary Keller, Margaret Craft, Ed C. Anderson, O. D. Shaffer, Ann Smith and Miss Maude Bates.
The Daily Tribune, May 13, 1963
To honor the Gold Star Mothers of the American Legion Auxiliary, the organization sponsored a fried chicken dinner at the Service Center and presented each with handmade gifts.
The honorees who were present on the occasion were Mrs. Cornelia Aubert, Mrs. Leatha McKelvy, Mrs. Alice Hardy, Mrs. Elizabeth Glenn, Mrs. L. P. Winfrey, Mrs. T. C. Jones and Mrs. L. W. Adams.
The committee in charge of the special dinner occasion consisted of Mrs. A. S. Dierlam, Mrs. Mary Keller and Mrs. Roberta Turner.
The Daily Tribune, May 30, 1967
Gold Star Parents in the Palacios area will be honored at the Veterans Memorial in the Palacios Cemetery, Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Rev. J. R. Gwin, Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church will deliver the principal address.
Officers of Queen-Hamlin Post 2467, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, will conduct a memorial service and award a Certificate of Remembrance to each of the Gold Star Parents.
Gold Star Parents and their son killed in combat, include, Mrs. Anna Baltar, son William Glenn Bock Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Reagan Hamlin, son W. L. Hamlin; Mrs. Violene Hebert, son, John Lee Hebert; Mrs. Hannah Jackson, son Lloyd Byron Maples; Mrs. Vera Lee, son Cecil Lee; Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Miranda, son William Miranda; and Mrs. Katie Ray, son Richard Ray.
C. A. "Doodle" Evans will be special guest of honor at the memorial service.
Evans was a combat veteran in France during World War I. He is a member of the Palacios VFW Post and presently resides at the Palacios Leisure Lodge.
The Palacios Beacon, June
A memorial service honoring area Gold Star Parents, was held in front of the Veterans' Memorial in the Palacios Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
The service was conducted by officers and members of Queen-Hamlin Post 2467, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and its Ladies Auxiliary.
Two local ministers took part in the service, N. E. Balch, minister of the Church of Christ, and the Rev. J. R. Gwin, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.
To conclude the service, Taps was played with the echo by Andrew Duran, member of the Palacios High School band.
Gold Star Parents honored were: Anna Baltar, Edna Hamlin, Violene Hebert, Hannah Jackson, Vera Lee, Salome Miranda and Katie Ray.
The only two Gold Star Fathers scheduled to be honored, Reagan Hamlin and Manuel Miranda, were unable to attend for health reasons.
Rev. Gwin, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and a World War II combat veteran in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations, delivered the principal address to Gold Star Parents, VFW Post and Auxiliary members and others in attendance.
He acknowledged the sacrifices of the Gold Star Parents as well as others who lost relatives and friends during the time of wars.
He praised the service organizations who continue to fight to preserve our American Heritage.
The speaker expressed his opinion of the reason the United States has attained the status as the number one nation on earth but perhaps losing some of that status in recent years.
He gave as a comparison the difference in North and South America who began their existence, as we know them now, about the same time. "Our nation is unique from other nations in the very way it came into being. Many of our neighbors to the South began their existence as groups and organizations in search for gold. That was their principle reason for being here. Get rich and go back home," he said.
He continued saying, "Our forebears came to this country in search of a home, a place to raise their families and to worship God as they wished without the interference of the State."
Rev. Gwin stressed this was the principle reason our nation reached its heights. He also stressed the reason our nation is in trouble now is that we as a people have forgotten this hard earned freedom and gotten away from the principles our forebearers struggled with.
In recent years we have elected leaders who have been guilty of corruption and permitted the United States of America to lose much of the respect we in our lifetime have seen this nation have, he said.
"A return to our original ways can no doubt help alleviate our present condition," Gwin continued.
After the service almost every person in attendance expressed to members of the VFW their appreciation for the inspirational speech by Rev. Gwin, according to Alton Queen, Post Commander.
The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, June 19, 1980