Port Isabel Celebrates Veterans Day

Event photos: www.portisabel-texas.com/20091111_veteransday

Indalecio Lopez, American Legion Post 498 together with Port Isabel VFW Post 8791 presented a Veterans Day Program this morning at the Veterans\’ Park Walls of Honor.
Located on South Shore Drive, the new Veterans Park and great weather made for a perfect backdrop to the ceremony. The Port Isabel High School Band under the direction of Mr. Heartfield punctuated the presentation with several well executed patriotic songs. Kimberly Valdez sang \”The Star Spangled Banner\” and a POW poem written by Rudy H. Garcia was recited by the author.
Speakers included: Mayor Joe E. Vega, Port Isabel; Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, South Padre Island; VFW Post 8791 Senior Vice Rafael Hinojosa and VFW Post 2035 Member Al Senteno. A presentation of one year membership with VFW Post 8791 by Commander Robert Vela recognized those new members including WWII veteran Cristin Martinez.
At 11:00 a.m. the flag was raised from half mast in honor of the live lost and sacrifices made at Ft. Hood last week. The program also featured a welcome address by Commander John Seymour, American Legion Pos\"\"t 498 and Commander Robert Vela VFW Post 8791, an invocation by Isaac Camacho, Post 498, the Pledge of Allegiance by Commander Robert Vela, Post 8791 and a P.O.W. and M.I.A. presentation by Kay MacMath and Rosa Chavez, American Legion Post 498 Ladies Auxiliary.
A 21 gun salute by the Port Isabel Police Department and an introduction of all those in attendance who served their country, the benediction by Isaac Camacho and a lunch invitation by Commander John Seymour, American Legion Post 498 closed out the ceremony.
Special Thanks:
Mayor Joe E. Vega
Commissioner Juan Jose \”JJ\” Zamora
Commissioner Maria de Jesus \”MJ\” Garza
Commissioner Martin C. Cantu
Commissioner Guillermo \”Memo\” Torres
City Manager Edward P. Meza
City Secretary Susie Alcocer
Assistant City Secretary Janie Villarreal
Veterans\’ Memorial Committee
Port Isabel Volunteer Fire Department
Baldemar Alaniz, Public Works Director and Public Works Crew
Danny Delgado, Whites Lumber
For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682 or email citysecretaryofpi@yahoo.com.