Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sgt. Pedro Reyes, United States Marine Corps Veteran

 Pedro Reyes was born on May 19, 1960 at Waelder, Texas.  He passed away March 8, 2013, at the age of 52.

Pedro proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.  He was honorably discharged, with the rank of Sergeant, when he contracted the deadly disease, ALS, which he battled bravely for the remainder of his life.

On March 12, a funeral service was held at Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park, Texas.  In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the service, the Riders led the procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas, where the family was greeted by fifty American flags lining the driveway of the committal shelter. 

As the flag draped casket was moved from the coach to the shelter, by eight young men dressed in black, and red ties, the Patriot Guard Riders stood at attention, saluting a fallen Marine.

After the casket was at rest, the Riders crossed over and formed a line of American flags around the shelter during the rendering of the military honors.

A United States Marine Corps bugler,  in  dress blue uniform, played taps, as the Texas Hill Country loomed in the background.

Two Marine Non-Commissioned Officers carefully folded the flag that had covered the casket into a tight triangle.  It was presented to Pedro's dear wife, Melissa, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation, as a symbol of appreciation for Pedro's service to Country and Corps.

Sgt. Pedro Reyes, always a Marine, was laid to rest on the gently sloping plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff, on the hill above, in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, four sons, a daughter and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to Beck Funeral Home for photo and biographical information, and to Ceej Foy for additional photographs.

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