The usual annual Veterans Day program is now a joint program of both the Garden Club and Jones High School. As is tradition, it will be held at A.C. Jones High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, starting at 11 a.m. The entire JHS student body reportedly will attend the ceremony this year.
The guest speaker will be Sgt. First Class George Varra, signal support specialist senior instructor, 2nd Battalion 136th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Camp Mabry, Austin. He was born and raised in Beeville, and he and his family reside here.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans and auxiliaries, all regularly participate, including the laying of wreaths in honor of the armed forces.
On the preceding day, Sunday, the Warriors on Wheels Cycling Club again will ride through town as part of its Ride Texas 2013 event. These war veterans are making a six-day, 500-mile journey from Wichita Falls to Corpus Christi, to raise money and awareness for U.S. troops.
The bike riders will arrive at Coastal Bend College around 4 p.m., and are expected to ride from there to the courthouse at about 4:15 to 4:30.
Organizers, including Rudy Garcia, a Vietnam veteran, and Donna Richmond, are again hoping for a large turnout of citizens waving flags and welcoming these war heroes who will be biking through town.
“One of the bloggers (last year) wrote that Beeville was the most patriotic city that they stopped in during their 500-mile trip,” Richmond said. “These are heroes, and they deserve a hero’s welcome.”
Staff Sgt. Nieves Rodriguez, a war vet with Beeville roots, is an avid bike rider and will take part in the ride this year. He completed two tours in Iraq and is looking forward to stopping in his hometown on his way to the coast.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, CBC invites all veterans to attend the Veterans Fair being held inside the James R. Dougherty Student Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. A free lunch will be provided for all veterans.
Representatives from local agencies and businesses will be at the Veterans Fair to speak to veterans about employment opportunities, as well as services and benefits for which they may qualify, including those at the college.
“CBC provides many services to help veterans reach their educational and career goals. We’re here to serve them, and we’re eager to help them get started here at CBC. We’ll help them every step of the way,” Rosie Streicher added.
May it be said about this community that we never forget the commitment, service and sacrifice of our vets. As Rudy Garcia said, “A simple ‘thank you’ means so much to a veteran.”