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Honoring our Heroes

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 11, 2011 at 3:11 a.m.

Rob Warner, left, of San Antonio, spent Friday afternoon looking at the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall in Matagorda.

John Ward held back tears as he looked at a photo of his son, Joshua, on display on the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial wall.

"I miss him every day," Ward said.

The 30-year-old U.S. Army sergeant was on his third tour in Iraq when he was killed with three other soldiers. A vehicle loaded with explosives detonated near his vehicle in 2009.

"It feels great knowing there are people who care about our fallen heroes and bring displays like these for everyone to see," he said.

Ward, along side other veterans and wounded soldiers spent Friday afternoon at the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department looking over the wall that holds 537 Texas photos of fallen heroes.

The wall was on display at the Serve Outdoors weekend fishing event for wounded soldiers. Serve Outdoors, a national nonprofit organization, conducted its 6th annual fishing event for wounded soldiers for a weekend of relaxation and fishing in Matagorda.

"This event is to get our wounded soldiers away from the hospital and to the great outdoors," said Drew McGinnes, president of the Matagorda Bay Chapter of Serve Outdoors.

Carson George travels with the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial wall anywhere the public wants it displayed.

"Not everyone can come to the wall to honor our fallen heroes, so I take the wall to them," he said.

The wall is displayed free of charge and operates only on donations.

George said the photo of his son, which is displayed in the wall, is a constant reminder of why he does this.

"I feel a duty to continue this. We must always remember and never forget why we have our freedom," he said.

Rob Warner, of San Antonio, said looking at the wall was painful. "One of my buddies who served with me is in this wall."

Warner was one of 36 wounded soldiers selected from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to partake in the weekend of bay fishing.

The wounded soldiers from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio were escorted to Matagorda by the Matagorda County Cavalry, a motorcycle group that provides sendoffs and escorts to members who are serving or have served in the military or as law enforcement, firefighters or EMTs in Matagorda County.

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