By Jeff Osborne
THREE RIVERS – American Legion Post 413 in Three Rivers celebrated the culmination of months of hard work with a flag-raising ceremony on Saturday, June 22, to announce that the American Legion Hall is officially open for business.
Post members, family and community members gathered for the event, which included a visit from an AirLife helicopter and its crew from Uvalde.
After the flag was raised, the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America were played.
Post Commander Rosendo Pena told those gathered that the event was to “formally open the post that had been shut down for a number of years but is back on its feet again.”
Post member Ernie Whitson said the reopening of the post shows the importance of people doing their part. He also spoke in appreciation of those serving in the military who died in action.
“We need to give them thanks – they gave all, but we came home,” Whitson said.
Through the tireless efforts of Pena, the post was able to grow from about five members a year ago to 28 members today, Whitson noted.
Mayor Felipe Martinez, who served in Vietnam, thanking everyone for participating in the event — and for their support of the Legion post.
“I want to thank all the guys here who were involved in putting this together,” Martinez said. “I want to thank the ladies for all their hard work and for the delicious food they have made. I also want to thank people in our community for showing up.”
Earlier in the week, the Legion post hosted participants in the American Legion Legacy Run who were traveling from South Texas to the Oklahoma border. The event raises money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships for the children of U.S. military personnel killed during active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as children of post 9/11 veterans who have a disability rating of 50 percent or higher.
The participants in the run stopped at several locations, but “they said they were treated the best here of anywhere they stopped,” Martinez said.
Geneva Garcia, Live Oak County justice of the peace for Precinct 2, was among those attending the ceremonies at the Legion hall.
“I have a lot of memories in this building,” she said. “Thank you for restoring it. This is a great place to have a wedding shower, baby shower or any other type of celebration.”
Jeff Osborne is the editor of The Progress. He can be reached at 361-786-3022 or email@example.com.