Earlier Monday morning, with the sun still low, the flag was raised at VFW Post 4372 on Andrews Highway during a ceremony and breakfast to start the day.A few hours later and a few miles east, hundreds of engines revved at the 19th Ride to Remember, as motorcyclists gathered to pay tribute in their own way at the Permian Basin Veteran Memorial.And after they rumbled off, families started trickling into the Midland Army Air Field Museum just down the block.All for good reason, McAlpine could see, there at the cemetery early Monday afternoon.He stood over his brother, James McAlpine, who Bob said earned a Purple Heart from World War II after he was shot by a sniper in the Black Forest in Germany. Bob, 85, said James carried that bullet in him until he died in Odessa in 2015.It was in the honor of veterans who passed, like James, that observers across Odessa took time to reflect on Monday, including several visitors there at Sunset — and the ROTC groups at Permian and Odessa High, who Sunset general manager Bill Vallie said spent the morning posting miniature flags at every headstone denoting military service.There was a countless amount of them, ranging in the thousands. Vallie said there are more than 25,000 graves at Sunset, and, easily, a third of them could be marked to honor veterans.Monday, a flag waved over each one of those, to match the 26 permanent flag fixtures that fly over the 26 buried at Sunset who died in combat.It was a beautiful sight, Bob McAlpine agreed.“I think it’s a real nice tribute that they do that,” he said. Pinterest Twitter By admin – May 28, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Home Local News Observers across Odessa area honor heroes on Memorial Day ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Previous articleRIDING HOME: Odessa couple plays growing part in veterans’ healing on coast-to-coast rideNext articleGOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Kappa Delta Pi Chapter initiates 14 new members admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Motorcyclist head to Andrews on Monday morning during the Memorial Day Ride to Remember on FM 1788. 1 of 3 Bob McAlpine leaned over, spun the flag stick deeper into the ground, and took a step back to look over his brother’s grave.He saw that flag ripple as the wind pushed through, whipping it out and about, and as he raised his eyes, he saw it was waving in a sea of thousands of others all around at Sunset Memorial Gardens — one at every headstone marked with military service.“We just thought we’d come out and pay our respects today,” he said. “I’m glad we did.”The sun rose over Memorial Day in Odessa on Monday, and with it rose the American flag, during celebrations and memorial services across the city. Facebook Twitter Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Bob McAlpine places an American flag at his brother’s grave Monday afternoon at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Bob’s brother, James McAlpine, received the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart after being shot by a sniper in Germany during World War II. James McAlpine carried the bullet inside him until his death in 2015. Pinterest Motorcyclist head to Andrews on Monday morning during the Memorial Day Ride to Remember on FM 1788. Local News Observers across Odessa area honor heroes on Memorial Day Vietnam Veteran Mike Tarpley plays a bugle next to the statue in honor of fallen soldiers for Memorial Day at Permian Basin’s Vietnam Memorial Monday in Midland.