Corpus Christi honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day on the USS Lexington

The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay hosted a memorial and wreath-laying ceremony on Monday to mark Memorial Day.

“I think the most important thing people need to remember is that Memorial Day is about those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives while serving this country while in the military . We should always remember why we have a Memorial Day every year, “Steve Banta, the museum’s executive director, told the Caller-Times.

Left to right Steve Banta, Executive Director of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, World War II veteran Bob Kinley and Vietnam War veteran Bill Miller lay a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay on Monday May 01/31/2021.

“But the fact that we can share it with this community that way – that people all want to come out and think about it for a minute – it really shows that they understand what the USS Lexington Museum is for. “

“People get vaccinated, people feel more comfortable, so people get off and at the same time they can go anywhere, but they wanted to come to this ceremony because they understand the meaning.”

Steve Banta, executive director of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the museum on Monday, May 31, 2021.

According to estimates by museum staff, more than 300 people attended the ceremony.

Nina and Carlos Garcia were among them.

Nina said the couple decided to attend the ceremony honoring their daughter’s brother-in-law, Army Staff Sergeant Marc Anthony Scialdo, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2013.

They also wanted to honor the memory of Carlos’ cousin Paul Alaniz, who was killed in Vietnam.

According to Nina Garcia, Scialdo was so moved by the tragedy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that he decided to get involved. He was 31 years old when he died.

Steve Banta, executive director of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at the museum on Monday, May 31, 2021.

The Memorial Day ceremony aboard Lexington was one of several held in the area over the holiday weekend.

Other events included a performance by the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi in Sherrill Park, a ceremony in the Veterans Cemetery of Coastal Bend State, and a Quilts of Valor presentation hosted by The Battle Scarred Bandaids in Sinton.

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