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Armed Forces Day All-Star Salute

By Susan Junker Bandera American Legion Post 157

Armed Forces Day this year will be an “All-Star” salute to everyone who has served and is serving our nation. The tribute to our service men and women begins at noon on Saturday, May 20 at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar with opening ceremonies, an All-American Cook Out meal, live music and dancing. The Natalie Rose Band will play throughout the entire event – and there’s no cover charge.
For $8, your plate will be filled with a hamburger or hotdog, grillin’ beans, chips and a piece of your favorite military service cake. There will be five large sheet cakes; one to commemorate each military service. Additional activities include a 50/50 drawing along with live and silent auctions.
“We want everyone to join in our “salute” to those who are and have served our nation – a picnic atmosphere with great food and the opportunity to support our annual Veterans Day program, parade and Veterans BBQ. There’ll be lots of opportunities to bid, relax and tap your toes”, said Bandera Honors Veterans Chairman John Cressey-Neeley, USMC (Retired).
This afternoon of fun supports the annual Veterans Day program, parade and Veterans BBQ scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 and American Legion programs for Veterans and the Community. Local and other Texas businesses, organizations, individuals, have donated many incredible items for the live and silent auctions. The live auction includes a guided adventure, Remington 870 Express, art work, M & P Shield 9MM, motorcycle accessories, a Savage .343 Trophy Hunter with scope and much, much more.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by to demonstrate your gratitude for our military members for their patriotic service to our country. President Harry Truman led the effort to establish this single holiday uniting all the Armed Forces just after World War II. Bandera County citizens have a proud history of military service throughout its history – come celebrate those who sacrifices to ensure their “duty” ensured our “democracy”.
For more information, contact the Bandera American Legion at 830-796-7528.