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Why is the 'Return to Honor' Memorial Day film showing significant to you?

May 27, 2013 at 12:27 a.m.

Chris Rodarte, 19, an army soldier with the 836 engineer company, watches the film, "Return to Honor," with his wife, Kaela Rodarte, 18, and his eight-month-old daughter, Rylynn Rodarte, at the Field of Honor in Victoria.

Beneath the stars, and across from the Field of Honor at Faith Family Church on Memorial Day Monday, about 100 people gathered to view "Return to Honor," a documentary film about Warrior's Weekend, produced by Victoria residents Sharon Burns and Michael Cloud. Civilians and military men and women attended the evening showing, which included a community prayer and performance of the National Anthem.

"I think it really shows the commitment from the civilian for the soldiers. It really touches me."

Chris Rodarte, 19, Victoria, Army

"I didn't serve in the military, so this is how I do my part."

Ruben Castaneda, 40, Victoria, chemical plant worker

"My brother was in the Marines, so I know it's important to support the troops. Memorial Day is not a party day; it's a day to remember why we're free."

Blythe Chacon, 28, Victoria, retail

"On Memorial Day, when people gather like this, it really means a lot to me. It shows they're honoring us. Actions speak louder than words."

Troy Howard, 76, Victoria, Air Force, Korean War Veterans Association

"Warrior's Weekend from start to finish sets the bar for South Texas, so to be out on Memorial Day and watch 'Return to Honor.' It's an honor to witness something that tells the story of something huge. It's kind of a special event."

Caleb Shaw, 34, Victoria, Air Force, realtor



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