Area residents line streets to welcome vets

May 17 was a special day at the Humble Civic Center. More than 200 wounded veterans

 

of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were treated to a dinner before proceeding the next morning to a Warrior’s Weekend annual fishing event. The weekend at Port O’Connor, Texas, honors veterans from across the country with a weekend of fishing and relaxation. This year more than 600 veterans from all 50 states participated. City of Humble volunteers and organizations hosted those who arrived at Houston Intercontinental Airport on Thursday evening.

A crowd of well-wishers greeted the Warriors as they arrived at the Humble Civic Center.

After a bus ride through local neighborhoods with streets lined with cheering supporters, the vets entered the Civic Center, where they were served a dinner of great Texas food – all they could eat. It was a casual atmosphere, long on friendship and short on formalities. Ron Kocian, president of the Warrior’s Weekend organization, opened the function with the posting of the colors by Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables, followed by the national anthem. Jill Donahue’s beautiful rendition brought tears to the eyes of more than a few of the saluting vets.

The room was packed but the lines moved fast and the food was great. Photos by Bruce Olson

Kocian said, “We have a lot of sponsors here tonight that helped put this event on, so let’s give them a big HOO-AH, HOO-AH!”

The veterans responded with an enthusiastic and deafeningly loud shout-out of the Army “HOO-AHs” and competing Marine “OOO-AHs.”

 

If the dinner was any indication, the rest of Warriors Weekend was one they will all warmly remember.

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Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.