Organizers say they're happy with Warrior's Weekend coverage

June 1, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

With all due respect to Cheri Lynn Funderburke, I think I can speak for most of the Warrior's Weekend Board of Directors and Volunteers in saying that we were very happy with the coverage Warrior's Weekend V provided by the local media, certainly including the Victoria Advocate. The Advocate even had a reporter - Diana Wray - and a camera person on a boat Saturday morning of Warrior's Weekend in Port O'Connor.

They did a great job.

Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor is just that, a Warrior's Weekend event. Faith Family Church, along with Cliff Thomas, is very gracious in allowing us to use their property to post the flags that honor many veterans from all eras. Faith Family also allows us to use their very fine storage building in the rear of their property to assemble and store our flags as well as their beautiful sanctuary to hold the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor dedication ceremony. But this is not a "church event"; it is a Warrior's Weekend event.

The Advocate has allowed me to post columns about our upcoming events and the front page coverage along with the full color pictures and spread in Sunday, May 22 Advocate, were wonderful, not to mention the editorial page write-up on our friend, combat medic Brandon Lloyd of the 101st Airborne Division and what Warrior's Weekend means to him and his "band of brothers."

Again, we acknowledge all of you who came out to honor our heroes whether it was from Praseks in Hillje, to Faith Family Church and the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor dedication, to greet the heroes along the way or to Port O'Connor. We were able to host 362 wounded warriors (including some cadre) and about 150 family members and show them that South Texas honors them like no other place. Just ask them.

We admire Ms. Funderburke's passion for the heroes; we thank her father and son for their service, but please know that the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor is just that, a part of Warrior's Weekend that honors veterans of all eras - a huge part. Col. (Ret.) Mike Petrash and his team are to be commended for their efforts in assembling the field.

They are all Warrior's Weekend volunteers, not a part of a "church event."

Ron Kocian, Victoria



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