Blanco County Historical Commission had the privilege of hosting a special event Saturday, August 20, 2011, during the 81st Blanco County Fair, Rodeo and Parade.
The ceremony was opened by President Nell Krueger. The opening prayer was given by Mark Walters. Posting of the colors was done by American Legion Memorial Hwy Post 352. The pledges to the American Flag and Texas Flag were led by Rebecca Howerton, South Vice Chair of the Blanco Historical Commission. Dorothy Dillon’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” was a heartwarming moment, as she sang with outstretched arms. Nell Krueger recognized and thanked Sherry Jenkins, North Blanco County Historical Vice Chair, for organizing this event and Rebecca Howerton, South Blanco Vice Chair, for her assistance.
Blanco County Judge Bill Guthrie greeted the crowd and introduced Commissioner Jim Scott, representing the Texas Veterans Commission, to whom the crowd gave a warm welcome. Judge Guthrie introduced State Representative Jason Isaac, who was well received by the crowd. Jason introduced his wife Carrie and their two sons as well as their dog. He then gave greetings to all the veterans and a special welcome to World War II veterans. Jason read a Letter of Recognition from US Senator John Cornyn to Blanco County World War II veterans, “Texas’ Greatest Generation- those who have witnessed war firsthand are rarely eager to look back on it... To those who fought for freedom in the Great War, thank you. Each of you will forever represent hope for the downtrodden, freedom for the oppressed, and safety and security for the homeland. I am humbled by your strength and courage” (excerpts from John Cornyn’s letter).
Veterans from all services and wars were present. World War II veterans present to receive the Texas Flag and Certificate of Appreciation of the Great State of Texas presented by Texas State Representative Jason Isaac were: Hoot Gipson, Tina Burnham, Frank West, Bozo Ulrich, Vaughn Adams, Leroy Armke, Joe Jones, Aaron Posey, Al Roewe, Whitey Uselton, Porter Watson, Gilbert Weiss, and George Marek. Blanco County WW II veterans unable to attend but receiving recognition for their service(s) included: Claron Cage, Jack Ebeling, Marvin (Sammy) Flugrath, Willie Arcia, Waldo Hiller, Charlie Rappmund, E. B. Seals, Emil Steiler, T. D. Smylie, and Joe Wunneberger. The American Red Cross Texas Hill Country Chapter was on hand to pass out information on their services, having participated in the parade. The American Legion Memorial Hwy Post 352 from Blanco was in the parade and at the reception as well to welcome everyone and provide information on their group. On display during the reception were photos and bios from our WWII veterans. Photographer David DeSmith was on hand to record this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Blanco County Historical Commission will continue with their veterans project, that of locating all veterans, deceased or living.
Please, if you are a veteran or your loved one is and lives in Blanco County, contact Sherry Smith Jenkins-VC-North BCHC who will continue to chair this project. 830-868-2683 or 830-868-3243 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org