Gold Star Mothers Banquet at Hector P. Garcia National Guard Armory in Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – State Commander John Martinez, joined by other state and local AGIF officers were in Corpus Christi, at the Dr. Hector P. Garcia National Guard Armory, to attend an event that was meant to call attention to National Gold Star Mothers Day, which is Sunday. (see photos below)
The Gold Star Mothers’ Dinner and ceremony in Corpus Christi on Thursday, 26th of September was sponsored by the American GI Forum of Texas Inc., Beatriz Perez Women’s Chapter.
Mothers who have lost a son or daughter in combat from all over the Coastal Bend were recognized at a special ceremony. The ceremony recognized the mothers' sacrifice for our nation's freedom. Mothers, Fathers, and Family members were among over 100 family members who were honored by the American GI Forum at the event.
A wall was lined with pictures of the fallen, and the family members were presented with mementos including a service flag adorned with the name of their loved ones.
State Senator "Chuy" Hinojosa was the guest speaker at Thursday's event. "Their patriotism, their courage, their honor, their pride -- it's really something that keeps our country free," Hinojosa said.
"We need to create awareness, not only for them, but for our new generation of fallen military heroes," said Patsy Vasquez-Contes, National chairwoman of the American GI Forum. "Especially from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars."
Present among the many local and state dignitaries at the event were our National Leaders, Commander Luis Vazquez Contes and the National Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez Contes. Also in attendance besides our State Commander was our State Chairwoman Tina Olivares, Past National Vice Commander Angel Zuniga, State Secretary Paul Herrera, Region Commander Richard Dominguez and State AGIF CEO Gil Rodriguez. Also in attendance were members from the Richard Rocco, Felix Longoria, Coastal Bend Women, Lucian Adams Houston, Rockport Forum, Rockport Women, Austin Forum, Austin Women and the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Founders Chapter
While the crowd listened to music from the Patriots Band and Honor Guard, others continued to grieve for those who they lost in the line of duty.
"We are very happy that they've done this for the mothers that are here because I know that their loved ones will always be with them, and this is something to let the people know that they gave their lives for something that they believed in," said Guadalupe Urtado, whose brother died in Vietnam.
It was a successful event that will remind us that we must keep remembering that freedom is not free.
Gold Star Mothers Banquet Photos