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Warriors Weekend 2013

Sean Cogburn, 30, of Michigan, hands a rose back to Victoria Suria, 1, which she dropped out of her stroller as soldiers get onto the buses for Warrior's Weekend at the Houston airport.

Published on May 18, 2013

Dolores Robinson, of Victoria, holds up a photo of her daughter, Stephanie Gomez, during the playing of "God Bless America" during the opening ceremony for Warrior's Weekend Friday at Faith Family Church. Gomez is currently stationed in San Antonio serving with the Navy.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward, left, and Todd Corporon, 43, of Hutto,secure a redfish Forward caught while fishing on a boat during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Boats gather at the dock to pick up soldiers for their day of fishing during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward fights to reel in a fish on a boat during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Soldiers take photos with the Texan Cheerleaders at Houston airport for Warrior's Weekend Thursday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Travis Wood, 30, of Utah, talks with Will Tarver, 7, at the Houston airport where he arrived for Warrior's Weekend. Wood talked to Tarver about activities like swimming or playing sports despite the fact that they both only have one leg. "It's kinda cool, it's like having a laptop for a leg." Wood said to Tarver.

Published on May 18, 2013

James Ryan, 40, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, cries as she is greeted by an honor line of military, police and locals at the airport for Warrior's Weekend.

Published on May 18, 2013

Soldier's arrive at Faith Family Church for the welcoming ceremony of Warrior's Weekend on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Javier Rivera holds his 21-month-old son, Abdiel, as they wait for the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend to begin Friday at Faith Family Church. Rivera, who is originally from Puerto Rico, was injured in Afghanistan in 2011.

Published on May 18, 2013

A group from Insperity of Houston and other local supporters cheer for the soldiers as they arrive for Warrior's Weekend at Houston airport.

Published on May 18, 2013

The crowd, mostly veterans and their families, salute the flag during the singing of the national anthem during the opening ceremony for Warrior's Weekend Friday at Faith Family Church. This year the organizers at Warrior's Weekend brought more than 700 warriors, making this year's event the largest to date.

Published on May 18, 2013

Soldiers descend the escalator into a group of military, police and local supporters there to welcome them for Warrior's Weekend at the Houston airport.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward takes grabs a hardhead catfish while fishing on a boat during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Heather Harrison, 29, of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, high-fives Kinsley LaFlamme, 3, as she walks into Faith Family church in Victoria during Warrior's Weekend.

Published on May 18, 2013

Michael Hansen, 41, of Georgia, salutes Lucas Suria, 4, as Gage Thomas, 8, middle, shakes hands with other soldiers during the honor line for Warrior's Weekend at the Houston airport.

Published on May 18, 2013

Casey, a Texan cheerleader, plays with Faith the dog as her owner Anthony Schuman, 25, of Seattle, takes photos at the Houston airport for Warrior's Weekend. Soldiers arrived at the airport Thursday and Friday and were greeted Friday by a military escort, local supporters and the Texan cheerleaders.

Published on May 18, 2013

Darrell McCarty gets a hug from Betty Albrecht, of Victoria, after the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend at Faith Family Church on Friday. Albrecht sponsored a flag for McCarty in the field of honor and stood outside of the church with a sign with his name on it so she could be sure to find him. McCarty gave her his address so she could mail him the flag and send him letters.

Published on May 18, 2013

Kinley Bazan, 15 months, waits in her stroller for the soldiers to arrive at Faith Family Church for the opening ceremony of Warrior's Weekend on Friday. Bazan's grandmother, Leah Hernandez, was working with "Josie's Joy" to hand out flags to the warriors when they arrived.

Published on May 18, 2013

Tom Wolfe, 22, of Illinois, front, and Matt Shank, 23, of Pennsylvania, thank children from the Faith Academy early learning center for greeting them at Faith Family in Victoria for Warrior's Weekend

Published on May 18, 2013

Darrin Hafeli, who is stationed at Fort Drum, shakes hands with the crowd as they welcome him and his fellow soldiers as they enter Faith Family Church for the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Lily-anne Langford, 3, says hello to a service dog while waiting in line to board a boat for Warrior's Weekend at Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sarah Hunt, of Houston, who is stationed at Fort Hood, is welcomed by the crowd at Faith Family Church on Friday for the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend.

Published on May 18, 2013

Antoinette McClain, who is retired from Fort Benning, is welcomed by the crowd at Faith Family Church as she enters the building before the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Kris Rodgriguez holds Mason Valdez, 1, as they welcome warriors stepping off of their buses for the opening ceremony of Warrior's Weekend at Faith Family Church on Friday. Rodriguez said that he came out to show his support of the veterans because his brother is currently serving in the military.

Published on May 18, 2013

Todd Corporon, 43, of Hutto, pulls in a shark caught by Divina Ternora, 51, one of the soldiers on his boat, during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

William Glenn, who is medically retired from Fort Benning, walks through a tunnel of people welcoming him and other warriors as they enter Faith Family Church Friday for the opening ceremony of Warrior's Weekend. Spectators shook hands, gave high-fives and hugs and expressed thanks for soldiers' service as they entered the building from their buses.

Published on May 18, 2013

Rodney Baltrip, 42, of Houston, greets John Windham, 44, of Fort Bliss, as he walks off the plane for Warrior's Weekend at the Houston airport. Baltrip was one of many military members that came to give the soldiers a welcome at the gate to begin their weekend. "They've sacrificed a lot for us, this a small token to say thanks." he said.

Published on May 18, 2013

Shane Parsons holds Lucas Suria, 4, before he gets onto the bus to leave for Warrior's Weekend. Lucas and his family were at the airport to greet the soldiers when they arrived in Houston.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward takes a hook out of a hardhead catfish he caught while fishing on a boat during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Bradey Fuller, 4, leads his dad, Mark, who is stationed in Fort Hood, down the tunnel of people welcoming them at Faith Family Church before the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Theresa Reyna, left, and her daughter, Irene, wave to the tour buses full of soldiers as they depart from Faith Family Church to head to Port O'Connor after the opening ceremonies for Warrior's Weekend on Friday. "We love coming here," Irene Reyna said of the event which the pair are attending for the second year in a row.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward, left, carries his redfish onto the dock as people cheer and take photos of him after his morning fishing during Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Soldier's arrive at Faith Family Church for the welcoming ceremony of Warrior's Weekend on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Antoinette McClain, 58, of Seattle, shakes hands and thanks those who came to welcome them at Faith Family Church in Victoria for Warrior's Weekend.

Published on May 18, 2013

Divina Ternora, 51, left, catches a catfish as Joseph Forward, right, pulls it in for her during Warriors Weekend in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Ronald Bernard, who is stationed at Fort Hood, bows his head in prayer during the opening ceremonies of Warrior's Weekend at Faith Family Church on Friday.

Published on May 18, 2013

Boats leave the Froggie's where a crowd cheers for soldiers as they depart on boats for their fishing trip at Warrior's Weekend Saturday in Port O'Connor.

Published on May 18, 2013

Flags are lit in the night at the Port O'Connor Community center in honor of the soldiers at Warrior's Weekend.

Published on May 18, 2013

Flags at the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor in front of Faith Family Church in Victoria.

Published on May 18, 2013

Sgt. Joseph Forward during the prayer at Faith Family for Warrior's Weekend in Victoria.

Published on May 18, 2013

Deanna Williamson makes her way through the lines of motorcycles stopped in the street to hand out flags before the opening ceremony of Warrior's Weekend at Faith Family Church on Friday. The motorcycles escorted the tour buses carrying the warriors. .

Published on May 18, 2013

Russell and Karoyn Scogin walk back to the seating area after searching through the flags before the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor dedication ceremony on Tuesday at Faith Family Church. The couple was searching for a flag dedicated to Karoyn's father.

Published on May 18, 2013