Memorial Day Observed at County War Memorial
County staff and members of the community recently joined the family of Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo for a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Prince William War Memorial to honor those who fell in military service to the United States.
Caraveo, a former Prince William County resident, whose name was recently added to the County’s war memorial, was killed in the Fort Hood Massacre on Nov. 5, 2009.
“We’re here not only to honor him but to honor all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Angela Rivera, Caraveo’s widow said during the ceremony. “I also want to honor all of the families that are left behind, all of the families that have lost someone, because this weekend is a hard weekend for a lot of people. It is not about picnics, hotdogs, and hamburgers. It is for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for those that are left behind with the pain and the sorrow of not having their loved ones.”
Prince William Supervisors Yesli Vega and Victor Angry also spoke at the ceremony and mentioned Caraveo. “We grieve with you and we mourn with you, but we also celebrate honor and remember with you today this wonderful husband, father, and patriot,” Vega said. “We’re honored to add his name to the County war memorial along with the other heroes from Prince William County who gave their lives and devotion to serving our blessed country,”
“Today we have gathered to honor United States, Army Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo and those whose names line this granite wall, for they have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy every day,” Angry said. “Many military families reside here in Prince William County and we are proud of the rich military history and presence they bring to our community. So, we remember and honor Maj. L Eduardo Caraveo and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We honor the men and women around the world who still serve our nation and who are willing at any moment to put their lives on the line for this great country. May we honor our many veterans, not just for this day but every day … so we may never forget. God bless you. God bless this community. God Bless the United States of America,”
Vice-Chair Andrea Bailey noted that Memorial Day is observed on the Monday in May each year to remember the fallen. “Memorial Day is a time for us to pause and honor the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. The precious liberties we all hold close to our hearts are all possible because of every day, and without exception, men, and women like Maj. Eduardo Caraveo carry out the critical mission of standing at the forward edge of our nation’s defense,”
Bugler Donna Flory kicked off the ceremony with “A Call to Order” followed by the presentation of the colors by the Prince William County Joint Honor Guard, who stood at attention with flags unfurled as high school student Bethel Sharew sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Flory played TAPS to end the ceremony.
See a video of the ceremony below: