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Flag Day celebration gathers community pride (video)

By Bianca Montes
June 14, 2013 at 1:14 a.m.
Updated June 15, 2013 at 1:15 a.m.

Michael Cloud, right, chairman of the Victoria County Republican Party, leads picnic-goers in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag during the party's Flag Day picnic at Fossati Park on Friday evening, while 11-year-old Emiliano Garza, center, of Victoria, holds a poster displaying the words of the Texas pledge, and his father, Eli Garza, looks on.

"Earth Angel" by The Penguins buzzed through the speakers, hot dogs roasted on the barbecue, and red, white and blue balloons danced in the wind.

Members of the community joined the Victoria County Republican Party for a Flag Day picnic Friday at Fossati Park.

Jane Bejnall, of Victoria, brought her three grandchildren to the picnic to teach them about pride for their country.

"I think we need that very much," Bejnall said. "I want them to have that instilled in them."

The event was just a good, old taste of classic Americana, said Republican County Chairman Michael Cloud.

"This is what makes our nation great," he said. "The people - that's what we can't lose. That's what we need to reclaim."

Children of all ages played volleyball and tetherball, bobbed for apples and jumped in a bounce house.

Along with free hot dogs and drinks, homemade ice cream and cookies were served.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor and Mayor Paul Polasek stopped at the event to honor Old Glory.

"We cannot allow this to disappear," said O'Connor. "What better way to represent 'we the people.'"

Christy Jeson came with her husband, Aaron, and two children, A.J., 3, and Ella, 4, to sing the national anthem.

Aaron Jeson said they stayed to show their children what community means.

"The flag means everything," he said. "It means freedom, and it represents what our country is all about."



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