Memorial Day CEREMONY 2022
Monday, May 30, 2022
Church of the Resurrection of the Lord
Emmaus Catholic Parish
1718 Lohmans Crossing Road
Lakeway, TX 78734
Presentation of the Colors: Lake Travis Honor Guard (Lake Travis Fire Rescue)
Pledge of Allegiance: Alice Scarbrough, Regent with Lohmann's Ford Chapter of the NSDAR
Special Music 'National Anthem': Lakeway Sing Along
Invocation: Very Rev. David M. Liebham, Emmaus Catholic Parish
Welcome: Mayor Tom Kilgore
Special Guest Speaker: Brig Gen Richard T. Drury, USAF (Ret)
Presentation of the Memorial Wreath: Mrs. Jennavieve Rasmussen, Gold Star Family & Alice Scarbrough, Regent with Lohmann's Ford Chapter of the NSDAR
Special Music 'God Bless The USA': Lakeway Sing Along
TAPS: Kate Calder, Lake Travis High School
Retire the Colors: Lake Travis Honor Guard (Lake Travis Fire Rescue)
Benediction: Sr. Pastor Larry Coulter, Lakeway Church
Special Music 'God Bless America': Lakeway Sing Along
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
Brigadier General Richard T. Drury, USAF (Ret)
Prior to his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, General Drury graduated from the high school division of the New Mexico Military Institute in 1944.
General Drury was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Military Academy directly into the Air Force as a second lieutenant. He entered pilot training in Texas in June 1950. General Drury then served as a pilot, operations officer and safety officer at various bases in France, Korea and Texas. While in Korea, he completed 20 combat missions with a total of 97 combat hours in B-26s. He was also trained as an observer-bombardier and further assigned to the 342nd Bombardment Squadron at Biggs Air Force Base and flew the B-47 as an aircraft commander. In 1959, he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics. He then served as an instructor and associate professor in the Department of Mechanics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. After qualifying as a paratrooper at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1964, he proceeded to the Armed Forces Staff College as a student officer.
General Drury served in support of the Vietnam War from May 1965 to July 1969, completing 315 combat missions in the C-130A from air bases in Japan and Vietnam. He also served as the Senior Duty Officer, then Assistant Director of Operations and Director of Operations at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in the Republic of Vietnam in January of 1969.
General Drury returned to the United States in August of 1969 to attend the War College, and upon graduation moved to numerous assignments on staff and in command positions within the Air Force. He was Chief of the Command Plans Branch in the Directorate of Plans at Headquarters, United States Air Force, Commander of the 516th Tactical Airlift Wing, and Commander of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing. In 1973, General Drury assumed duties as Director of International Staff, Inter-American Defense Board. He became Vice Commander of the 22nd Air Force, Military Airlift Command in 1974. In October of 1977, he became Commander of U.S. Forces, Azores, and Commander of the 1605th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores in 1980.
General Drury's family moved to the Lakeway area in 1981. He officially retired from active duty on January 1, 1982. That same year, he became Senior Lecturer and Associate Chairman for the Department of Aerospace Engineering with UT Austin, where he served until 1994. In 2014, General Drury was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame for achieving Flag Officer Rank. General Drury and his family still reside at the same home they moved to in Lakeway nearly 40 years ago.