Annual patriotic ceremony held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

The patriotic ceremony remembered hundreds of thousands of men and women who fought for our country

San Antonio – The sights and sounds of the American Revolution filled the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Sunday morning.

It was the 37th annual Order of Granaderos Y Damas De Galvez 4th of July Patriotic Ceremony.

A solemn military dedication was presented in honor of the history that made the United States what it is today.

“The Fourth of July to me means honoring and remembering why our country is fabulous,” said Terri Chidgey, a participant. “While It is not perfect, many people have sacrificed over 200 years and it is time to pay tribute to all of the people who have gone before us.”

During the ceremony, an educational segment was presented.

“It also honors the impact and contribution that Spain had towards the Revolutionary War,” she said.

A fife and drum corps performed and a roll call of the 13 colonies with musket fire followed by the playing of “Taps” took place.

Chidgey said despite the conflicts we have seen as a country over the past couple of years, she takes pride in being an American.

“We know freedom is not free, so we know that while we are at a state of unrest right now, we are still a fabulous country,” she said.

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Japhanie Gray is a reporter with KSAT12 News.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.