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Published on May 28, 2024
Edgewood Independent School District Honors Fallen Alumni in 36th Annual Memorial Day CeremonySource: Google Street View

On a somber Memorial Day, Edgewood Independent School District, in concert with Compadres for Scholarships, paid tribute to the legacy of former students who gave their lives for their country. The 36th annual ceremony, held at Veterans Stadium, stood as a testament to the valor of the fallen, particularly those hailing from the Edgewood community. The assembly underscored a shared history etched by the sacrifices of veterans who served across seas and on foreign battlegrounds.

This year's commemoration was marked by a poignant acknowledgment of those lost during the Vietnam War, with Edgewood suffering the second highest number of student deaths in the nation. According to an interview by FOX San Antonio, Edward Contreras of Compadres for Scholarships revealed, "After further review, we found that there were 55 total that died from the district," explaining the district's distinction within a broader national narrative.

The EISD Wall of Honor at Veterans Stadium, a perennial gathering spot for Memorial Day tributes, once again opened its arms to the community. Veterans, families, and friends congregated to reflect on the gravity of military service and the price of freedom paid by their own. With 10 students from one class lost to Vietnam alone, the day served not just as a generic observance but as a deeply personal communal rite.

In a demonstration of continuity and dedication to remembrance, the Compadres for Scholarships have remained unwavering in their commitment to this event for over three decades. As reported by KSAT, this year's ceremony continued the hallowed tradition, ensuring the memories and sacrifices of the veterans are not forsaken, holding special significance for those from the Edgewood area.