Four busloads of veterans and wounded veterans accompanied by a local police escort with sirens blaring paraded into Gonzales last Friday morning followed by over 50 motorcycles and numerous support vehicles. The parade was part of the annual Warriors Weekend that originates in Ft. Hood, moves through Gonzales and Victoria, then winds up with a weekend of fishing for the veterans in Port O’Connor, Texas.
After a parade through Gonzales, two of the busses continued to Victoria, while the other two busses and most of the motorcycles and support vehicles journeyed back to the Gonzales Elks Lodge. There they were greeted by cheering fans, Texans, patriots and community service groups who recognized the veterans for their service, heroism and sacrifice. They were fed a mountain of brisket, sausage, potato salad and beans prepared by the Gonzales Young Farmers group, along with a resplendent table of desserts orchestrated by the ladies of the Gonzales chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Gonzales Elks Lodge donated the use of the building. Over 40 Elks volunteers decorated the Lodge for the Weekend Warriors and plated and served the delicious barbeque the Young Farmers had prepared for the soldiers.
Mayor Connie Kacir welcomed the veterans, the high school band played patriotic music, and the Elks fed the soldiers their food as soldiers from across the country grinned and gushed their approval at the Gonzales hospitality, the great food, and the friendliness of everyone in attendance.
The VFW was on hand to greet the soldiers as they got off the busses, along with Gonzales County Sheriff Matt Atkinson and many of the members of the Gonzales City Council.
Clint Hille, the city tourism director who coordinated the putting together of the event, addressed the soldiers and informed all of them the CVB and the city EDC were giving each of them a Come and Take It Flag to take home. Everyone roared their approval.