ROBSTOWN — A ceremony to honor South Texas Veterans was held at the Richard M. Borchard County Fairgrounds on Friday morning. The event was attended by veterans and their loved ones, as well as some representatives from the county and the city.
County Judge-Elect Barbara Canales was in attendance and spoke about not just thanking our veterans for their service, but also honoring them.
“We need to honor those who have served by getting involved in a very personal way,” said Canales. She suggested finding ways to help throughout the community, such as maintaining Veterans parks and helping with local veterans organizations.
Canales was adamant about her commitment to helping veterans throughout her jurisdiction and urged those in attendance to be “doers, not just talkers.”
The keynote speaker was LTG (Retired) Ricardo S. Sanchez who retired from the Army in 2006 after 33 years of service. Sanchez, a graduate of Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M Kingsville) stressed the bravery and honor exemplified by the American soldier. He also referenced the importance of not letting political views get in the way of honoring the sacrifice of each soldier coming home.
The Roll Call of Fallen Comrades was read and the names of veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars were added to the Veterans Memorial Wall. The families of U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Joe J. Garza, U.S. Army Cpl. Rogelio R. Garza and USMC Sgt. Joseph Frankhauser were presented with U.S. flags in memory of their loved ones lost in the pursuit of freedom.