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Viva Fiesta and thanks, vets and first responders
by Chip Latcham
Sep 09, 2011 | 805 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This weekend Bee County citizens have the opportunity to commemorate both our vibrant Mexican cultural heritage and our uniquely American freedoms and sacrifice.

On Saturday, the Diez y Seis celebration will begin downtown with the 5K walk and run, followed by the 27th annual Fiesta parade. Fernando Cisneros will serve as grand marshal.

At noon “El Grito” will be re-enacted at the Bee County Expo Center, followed by an afternoon of festive entertainment, including the presentation of the queen’s court, Fiesta Ballet Folklorico, vendor booths, tamale eating contests and live performers such as Indomable and Los Palominos.

Fun and games will be provided for the entire family.

Then on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will take on a much more somber tone. Those of us who were alive then will always remember where we were when we watched those horrific images of the planes slamming into the Twin Towers, which shortly afterward crumbled to the ground.

A prayer vigil in remembrance of Sept. 11 will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Post No. 9170.

Although no official memorial ceremony is planned in Beeville, County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez said he believes an official 9/11 flag has been offered to be raised at the county courthouse, probably on Monday.

Also on Monday at 9 a.m., the community is invited to join Thomas Jefferson Elementary School for its 6th annual “America Supports You” freedom walk at the school.

Joining those in Washington, D.C., and cities all over the U.S., the students, teachers, administrators, ROTC Color Guard and officials from the Beeville City Council and police department will be walking around the perimeter of the former Academy at Madderra School and Tyler Head Start school. Anyone who wishes may join.

We join them in saying a special “thank you” to all our veterans, past and present, for protecting our freedom. Also, thanks to the heroic firefighters and first responders who came to the rescue of those who perished or were injured at the towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington or that field in Pennsylvania, as well as those who serve in our community.

– Chip Latcham
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