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All’s well with flags, Mile
by Chip Latcham
Jun 03, 2011 | 996 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thank goodness the mystery has been solved and the missing flags from the Veterans Monument have been found, unharmed.

In today’s front-page story, members of the VFW post reported seeing the flags still flying at half-mast Monday evening, long after the Memorial Day service had concluded, and had taken them down for safekeeping.

Again, we are proud of the cooperative effort by our local veterans groups, Kay and Associates and Sikorsky to finance and oversee the needed improvements to the monument area on the Veterans Memorial Park grounds.

We encourage the community to attend the dedication ceremony at the memorial on Wednesday afternoon, June 8, to witness the impressive new monument, eight flags (including the armed services and POW/MIA flag), new flagpoles and landscaped grounds.

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First impressions of the Texas Mile held at Chase Field over the weekend were glowing, and not just from the heat of the Memorial Day weekend.

Check out the letter to the editor appearing today from one of the participants whose team members come from all over the U.S.

Shannon Matus, event founder and owner along with her husband, Jay, said, “It was awesome. We had a lot of new participants.”

Usually held in March and October, the event regularly draws 250 to 260 participants, she said. “This time we had right at 150, and we see that as a positive.”

This event came together in only six to eight weeks, she said, literally and figuratively “forklifting” the Texas Mile from Goliad to Beeville...

“We have received nothing but rave reviews from the participants. They were very pleased with the facilities and community. The only negative I heard was the (strong) wind (which affected race times).”

She added that this was “a perfect dress rehearsal and settling into our new home.”

The Matuses and the racers also appreciated the festive welcoming reception, complete with catered meal and mariachis, attended by almost 600 people and hosted Saturday night in the old VT-26 hangar by the Beeville Main Street Program with help from the Bee Development Authority and City of Beeville.

“It was a real collaboration. We sensed that feeling of welcome, that Beeville quickly became our home. We were laying a solid foundation for the future.”
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