Refugio County Judge Rene Mascorro asked those in attendance, “what does Veterans Day really mean to you?”
“Remember the sacrifice, hard work – everything it takes to defend this country,” Mascorro said.
He said our military ultimately defends our way of life.
He added that what veterans do does not always involve war.
He pointed out that our military is in the Philippines helping people recover from the typhoon that tore through the country and killed thousands.
“They’re helping people at their worst moment in life,” he said.
Mascorro thanked all the veterans at the breakfast and elsewhere in the county. He said the military ensures that our country is a place of “welcoming” and an environment conducive for families to experience the greatness of our country.
Mascorro also promised he would write a letter to our congressman urging Congress to approve pensions for all veterans serving from Vietnam to the Korean War.
The issue was brought up by the county Veterans Service Officer, Richard Sanchez.
“We’re pushing for pensions for all veterans from the Korean War back to the Vietnam War,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez had veterans of various wars stand up and be recognized, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraqi War and the war in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Marine Corps was also recognized for its 238th birthday on Nov. 10.
Refugio County Chamber of Commerce Lenny Anzaldua recognized the VFW Post 6290 and the Marine Corps League in helping salute veterans.
Also recognized was Andrew Flores of Rockport who participated in the Somalia conflict. Flores was in the Black Hawk Down rescue of about 100 troops and staff.
“There’s a lot of history here,” Flores said, looking at all the veterans at the breakfast
Also recognized were families of veterans and Gold Star Families of veterans.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to Esther Vela for all the help she has given to veterans in the county.
VFW Post Commander Ron Nelson began the ceremony with introductions, and Refugio High School student Ally Coscetti sang the National Anthem.