For U.S. Air Force Veteran and former city councilman Jungus Jordan, Memorial Day is about telling the stories of those who served, something he does in his own family.
He is a third generation veteran — his grandfather served in World War I and his father in World War II — who served in the Vietnam War. He tells his grandchildren their stories.
“It’s important throughout our history, we’ve had men and women who are willing to pick up our arms to defend and fight and so many ultimately to pay the price of their lives in defending us,” Jordan said.
After two years of not having a public Memorial Day Service because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Olivet will host its Memorial Day Service — back and open to the public on Monday. This will be Jordan’s 17th year attending.
Over the course of those two years, there was a service that was not open to the public, which city and county officials attended.
Jordan was raised with the patriotism of the men and women who serve in the U.S. Military, he said.
“I was instilled with the belief that the United States of America is the greatest country on Earth and the greatest country in history,” Jordan said. “When I have spoken not only on Memorial Day but in these ceremonies, I tell people we’ve got to tell the stories.”
If you go: Memorial Day Service
- At Mount Olivet Cemetery
- Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
- Date: May 30
- Location: 2301 N Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76111
Officials want to note a change in the time of the service. Instead of an evening service, it will take place at 10 a.m.
“I think the people are going to like that a lot because it is a lot cooler at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, ” Coordinator John Ott said. “So that’s real exciting and in terms of the service, I think there’s no doubt this will be the one of the finest services that we ever had in terms of all the participation from the Naval Air Station from the county.”
Between 400 and 700 people are expected to attend the event, which is similar to previous attendance numbers.
The Memorial Day Service will include presentations by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker before the keynote address by Capt. Mark McLean, Commander of NAS JRB Fort Worth. Then will conclude with the Flyover of the 301st Fighter Wing.
Afterward, there will be a Naval Service that’ll last about 10 to 15 minutes, where people can go down to the Trinity River while the Chaplin says a few words, offers prayer and casts a wreath onto the river.
Mount Olivet cemetery is a significant site to local veterans who have died since the 1930s. It will be in the middle of the cemetery close to the bronze statues called the Doughboy, which are in honor of those who died in World War I.
Ott said Memorial Day is different than Veterans Day or the Fourth of July because it’s specifically a day for people to go back to their local cemeteries and remember those who are buried there that served.
“It’s a day that we remember those who died in service for the protection of our nation,” Ott said. “It’s a somber service; it’s a somber day but it’s also a celebration of those to keep the memory alive of those who have died in service and paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated.