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Bowing to their service

By Sonny Long
May 10, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.

Liz Heiser cuts ribbon that will be made into bows to be tied onto flags in the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor at Luther Hall. Volunteers had to make more than 2,000 yellow, black and purple ribbons to adorn the flag poles.


Nonprofit organizations and other groups are hosting a variety of events for area residents to make contributions to their community. These include:

Saturday - 9 a.m.-noon, Friends of the Victoria Library book sale. Shoppers can fill a Friends of the Library tote with books for $1. Contact: 361-485-3302

Saturday - 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Raisin Volunteer Fire Dept. Barbecue Fundraiser, Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 2535 Coletoville Road, 361-649-3569 or 361-550-5466

Saturday - noon-6 p.m., fifth annual Victoria's Shining Stars golf tournament, Victoria Country Club, 14 Spring Creek Road, 361-648-4097 or 361-575-6161

Saturday - 7:30 p.m., Victoria Texans Benefit for Relay for Life Football Game, Patti Welder Stadium, 902 N. Laurent St., 361-579-6887


Schedule of events starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday:

• Toast of the Coast, patriotic music

• Honor guard, Vietnam Veterans Association

• National anthem

• Opening remarks - Ron Kocian, president, Warrior's Weekend

• Dedication remarks - Col. (Ret.) Michael Petrash, director, Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor

• Dedication of the Field of Honor to deceased volunteers Shannon Fisher and Ronnie Burden (unveiling of plaques)

• Ribbon cutting - Victoria Chamber of Commerce

• Lighting of the field

• Taps by American Legion Post 166

NOTE: Prayer services are scheduled at 8 p.m. at the Field of Honor on May 16, 20, 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31. Anyone who has a group that is interested in conducting a prayer service on other dates, call 361-652-4361. Taps will be played at 9 p.m. each night the Field of Honor is open.

Every flag will have a bow.

Dozens of volunteers nimbly tied ribbon into bows - gold, black and purple - to go around the flags at the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor to be dedicated Tuesday, kicking off the annual Warrior's Weekend 2013.

"Gold is for the living, black for the deceased and purple for the killed in action or wounded in action," said Bettye Pribyl of the Guadalupe Victoria Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR sponsors the bows as a community project.

More than 2,000 bows are needed for this year's Field of Honor, honoring veterans and active duty members of the armed forces.

The bow-tying volunteers came not only from the DAR but also church groups, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups, said Pribyl.

"Some are Warrior's Weekend volunteers; some are friends; some just come through word of mouth," said Pribyl. "Anyone that wanted to come and do something for the Field of Honor."

DAR member Janet Kent said because she is not in the service, making the bows is a way to make a contribution to honor the soldiers.

Catherine Weaver returned to help for a second year.

"I enjoy doing it," Weaver said. "It's a good cause. It's amazing how the guys appreciate it. It's nice to honor our soldiers."

Weaver's friend Alice Kohutek agreed.

"It's a good feeling for us and for them."

The flags, with bows, will be posted at the field beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. The dedication will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Sam Houston Drive at Faith Family Church.

The Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor will be open through June 2.



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