In the early evening of May 17, 2014, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jolon hosted a special veterans’ recognition ceremony at its historic cemetery, attended by military officials and troops from neighboring Fort Hunter Liggett, along with members of the El Camino Real Diocese and the Monterey County community. Featured speakers included Col. Donna Williams, commander of Fort Hunter Liggett; Rev. Canon Robert Seifert, Rector of St. Luke’s; and The Rt. Reverend James Jay Magness, Episcopal Bishop to the U.S. Armed Forces.
In a moving ceremony, flags were placed at the graves of veterans who served in the Mexican American War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Once each veteran’s name was read aloud, a lone bugler played “Taps.” Following the ceremony, Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop Magness and Rev. Canon Robert Seifert dedicated a recently erected cross near the cemetery as the “Veterans’ Memorial Cross.” Capping the evening was a spectacular barbeque dinner for the troops, attendees and the community. More pictures can be seen at our Facebook page under “photo albums.”