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Land of the free because of the brave

By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 16, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.
Updated May 17, 2017 at midnight

The sea of red, white and blue that springs up every year at Parkway Church is a welcome sight to those who know what a flag can mean.

Maybe you've been to the Field of Honor already to see the thousands of flags, each one signifying the courage and sacrifices of a veteran, living or deceased. Maybe you saw or heard about the elaborate sand sculptures assembled by the skilled volunteer sculptors who did what they do best to honor the heroes coming to visit this weekend. Maybe you're looking forward to the motorcade that comes through Victoria every year as we show respect to those who've served.

Warrior's Weekend, now in its 11th year, is a project with a simple goal: bring a group of veterans together for a fun weekend culminating in a fishing trip in scenic Port O'Connor. The true value of this seemingly simple gesture, however, isn't in the trip itself but in the way we show veterans we recognize their sacrifices, the way we show them they aren't forgotten.

"The soldiers have told us nowhere but South Texas are they treated this good," said Gloria Fric, aka "The Dragon Lady," a sand sculptor who lent her talents to the Port O'Connor display.

An event like Warrior's Weekend can only get off the ground with the help of dedicated volunteers with a commitment to help out in any way they can. We'd like to extend a big thank-you to the sand sculptors, the boat captains who'll conduct the fishing trip, the volunteers who arranged the Field of Honor and everyone else who pitched in to create a memorable experience for our veterans.

To all veterans and to all those currently serving, we truly can't thank you enough. And as surely as a flag is more than a flag, we hope that Warrior's Weekend will serve as a token of our community's appreciation for all that you do.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.


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