Warriors on Wheels Cycling Club, who was cycling 500 miles across the state of Texas to raise awareness for Operation Comfort, rolled through Beeville on Nov. 11, and the city really came together to welcome them.
There are so many people to thank for making this happen. First and foremost, I would like to thank Rudy Garcia, proud Vietnam veteran and local business owner, who coordinated the fantastic escort through town and the welcome ceremony at the courthouse. Without him, this event would not have been as amazing and patriotic. And as for that escort through town that Rudy coordinated, many are owed thanks; Chief of Police Joe Treviño and his officers, Donny Morris and the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, Gabriel Aleman, Micki Ochoa and Angel Care Ambulance, Bebe Adamez and Kicker 106, the Patriot Guard and other Bee County motorcycle riders who came out to honor these men and women. Also, many thanks to the people who lined the streets and waved American flags, which were donated by H-E-B Food Stores; thank you, Fred Morón. How beautiful that route was in red, white and blue!
The ceremony at the courthouse was so very touching. Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, a proud Vietnam veteran, spoke eloquent, heartfelt words of tribute and warm words of welcome to the men and women. When he was done, there was not a dry eye among them; how sweet a tribute he gave. Thank you so much, Commissioner Rodriguez! Also, many thanks to the Bee County Vietnam Veterans group, who stood proudly to salute the group as they arrived at the courthouse and stayed to shake each of their hands. It meant the world to those wounded warriors. And again, many, many Beevillians were waiting there with flags, handmade signs of support, loud applause, and open arms. Thank you, citizens of Bee County!
As if this were not already enough, the cyclists were treated to a hearty meal and more fun in the evening. Thank you again to the people who made this part of the day possible. To Joe and Felipita Bastida, who graciously allowed the use of their great facility, La Amistad Adult Day Care, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Many thanks also to their staff who helped to set up the dining hall. To those who provided the meal, dessert and who helped serve, I thank you also.
Again to all who helped make this possible, I cannot thank you enough and words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude. I can only hope that each of you found that you received much more than you gave. I certainly did.