American GI Forum of Texas Celebrates Veterans Day
AGIF of Texas: AUSTIN, TEXAS – Our State Officers were busy over the Veteran’s Day Weekend. State Commander John Martinez and 2nd Vice Commander Justo ‘Howdy’ Leal celebrated in Port Lavaca and participated in the parade and other festivities at the Howdy Leal Club House. Past National Vice Commander Angel Zuniga, also participated in the festivities and awarded a couple of awards to a student and teacher for a collage painting of Dr. Garcia and the American GI Forum.
On Saturday, Cmdr. Martinez attended the NVOP Stand-down in San Antonio joined by Vice Commander Ceasar Ruiz, State Secretary Paul Herrera, Chaplain Father Pena, Sgt-at-Arms Roy Reyes and State Exec Gil Rodriguez. The Stand-down was a great success with over 800 homeless participating. Congressman Lloyd Doggett made an appearance and spoke briefly to the many attendees. Carlos Martinez, his staff and the San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Chapter did an outstanding job providing services to all attendees.
Richard Dominguez and the Rockport Chapter celebrated at Rockport’s Veterans Memorial Park and later served lunch to all Veterans present at their Clubhouse. Seguin had a Flag Raising Ceremony, as did Ft. Stockton. Houston members participated in their parade and Ft. Worth, Tarrant County members also attended their annual parade.
Veterans Day in Cities, towns and communities, the American GI Forum joined with other Veterans to celebrate and honor Veterans. The Austin Chapter like other chapters throughout the state took time to renew its commitment to our Veterans, to each other, to our country's freedom by being part of these annual celebrations.
The Austin Annual Veterans Parade in downtown Congress Avenue ends at the State Capitol grounds followed by ceremonies hosted by the Texas Veteran Commission. Veterans and their families enjoyed plenty of entertainment, military music, listened to comments from Municipal and State Leaders, heard comments from Representatives Lloyd Doggett and Michael McCaul who came to Austin to help celebrate, thanking those who have served and those who are serving, renewed their commitment to our Veterans, to the families who stand behind our valiant service members, to each other, to our country's freedom, and to the cause of peace around the world.
Following these ceremonies, Austin chapter members Past State Commander Paul Herrera, Lt. Col (Ret) and Chapter member Col Armando Longoria (Ret), represented the American GI Forum by placing our AGIF Wreath at a ceremonial tomb place there for this occassion at the state Capitol grounds.
It was a day in which we remembered those who have served and are serving and a reminder that throughout our history every generation of Americans have been willing to serve so that America remains free, and that until we learn a better way to seek, preserve and embrace peace; we must always be prepared to defend our freedom.
In Austin, the following day, members of the Austin Chapter, State Vice Commander and National Sgt-at-Arms Ceasar Ruiz, Colonel Armando Longoria, (Ret.), and State Exec Gil Rodriguez attended ceremonies with Governor Perry and U.S. Senator John Cornyn. City of Austin Veterans Commissioner and AGIF Central Region Commander Phillip Gutierrez, was also was in attendance, but is not in Photos.
And so it is our wish that everyone enjoyed the celebratioons, may we always be blessed, may God bless all of our veterans, bless the American GI Forum and may God bless the United States of America!
Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Festivities