Victoria County Veterans Council holds meeting

The Victoria County Veterans Council met at the American Legion Hall on April 30. Chairman Peter Reisz presided.

The pledge was followed by prayer led by chaplain John Tait. The roll call of officers and member organizations followed.

Guests included Ron Langford and fellow veterans from Calhoun County. They presented a proposal to construct a veterans memorial in Port Lavaca. The council approved donating $1,000 to a paver for the proposal.

Guest Frank Torres presented a plan in support of developing a Veterans Center in Victoria. After discussion it was voted to ask the head of a similar center in Corpus Christi to attend our next meeting to provide more information.

Guest Rene Coronado with Congressman Blake Farenthold's office discussed having a veterans information round table in Victoria this summer with the congressman.

Guest Deborah Ramirez asked for more volunteers to drive patients to the San Antonio Audie Murphy Hospital.Mike Allen is still working with veterans through the Gulf Bend Center.

The minutes from the last meeting and treasurer's report were presented and approved by members.

Communication requesting money for a veteran memorial in Cumberland, Md., was read and voted down by members. We only support local projects.

The funeral committee reported the death of 17 veterans since the last meeting. Nine were presented with full military honors and one with a flag fold. Special honors were presented to KIA from Yoakum.

The Memorial Day activities May 26 were discussed. The day will start with a short service at 7:30 a.m. the Victoria Courthouse steps. This will involve 32 flags that will be posted at area cemeteries. A full service honoring veterans will be at 11 a.m. in DeLeon Plaza. Congressman Blake Farenthold will be the speaker.

At 6:50 p.m. May 10 Marcus Luttrell will present a program in the VISD Fine Arts Center. Member organizations are invited and should be at the place at 5 p.m. with their banner and a stand.

Warrior's Weekend activities included the posting of flags on May 3 at the Field of Honor on Mockingbird Lane, taking part in the dedication service and being at the field when the soldiers arrive at 3 p.m. May 16.

There was a very nice awards program for the Air Force Junior OTC. Peter Riesz suggested t the council should consider a $1,000 contribution to the scholarship fund next year. Further discussion will be held.

After a salute to the flag, the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be May 28.