The pledges to the United States of America and to the Texas Flag were
recited and Virginia Wood, the great-granddaughter of David Houston
Cunningham and the great-great-granddaughter of James Cunningham, led
B. Meadows outlined the history of the Cunningham family rangers. Joe
B. Davis, the President of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation and a
retired Texas Ranger, thanked the Cunningham family for their
ancestors' service and explained the Foundation's purpose and invited
those gathered to become members.
Four of the graves of the Rangers being honored are in the Newburg
Cemetery. The graves of Dave Cunningham and Aaron Cunningham are also
in Comanche County in the Albin Cemetery. The grave of John Valentine
Cunningham is in Taylor County. All of the graves now have the crosses
provided through the Former Texas Rangers Association by a grant from
the Texas Historical Foundation. The Cunningham tartans were removed by
direct descendants to unveil the crosses.
Captain Grady Sessums, Past President of the Former Texas
Ranger Association and a Retired Texas Ranger, asked the crowd to join
him in reading the Ranger Prayer. The service concluded with the
playing of Taps by family member Matthew Dunkle.
To obtain more information about the Former Texas Ranger Association, go to their website.
For information about the Cunningham family, contact Janice Williams.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Thank you to my husband, Mark Hays, for the beautiful photos.