Annual patriotic ceremony at Fort Sam Houston Nationwide Cemetery

San Antonio – The sights and sounds of the American Revolution filled Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Sunday morning.

It was the 37th annual patriotic ceremony of the Order of Granaderos and Damas De Galvez on July 4th.

A military inauguration ceremony was held in honor of the history that made the United States what it is today.

“July 4th is for me to honor and remember why our country is fabulous,” said Terri Chidgey, a participant. “While it is not perfect, many people have sacrificed over 200 years and it is time to pay tribute to all of the people who have gone before us.”

An educational section was presented during the ceremony.

“It also recognizes the influence and contribution that Spain had to the War of Independence,” she said.

A whistle and drum corps performed and a roll call of the 13 colonies with musket fire followed by the playing of “taps” took place.


Chidgey said that despite the conflict we have seen as a country in recent years, she takes pride in being American.

“We know freedom is not free, so we know that even though we are in a state of turmoil right now, we are still a fabulous country,” she said.

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