On Friday, August 9 the Blanco County American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary hosted and Open House and Ribbon Cutting to showcase the new renovations of their meeting hall.
The event was attended by many, including State Representative Jason Isaac, who presented the American Legion with an Honor and Remember Flag “that specifically recognizes in gratitude and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to our nation.” Each design on the Flag symbolizes an important part of the overall meaning of the it’s message:
The Red Field represents the blood spilled by brave men and women in America’s military throughout our history, who willingly gave their lives so that we all would remain free.
The Blue Star represents active service in military conflict. This symbol originated with World War I, but on this flag it signifies service through all generations from the American Revolution to present day.
The White Border surrounding the gold star recognizes the purity of sacrifice. There is no greater price an American can pay than to give his or her life in service to our country.
The Gold Star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home. Gold reflects the value of the life that was given.
The Folded Flag signifies the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.
The Flame is an eternal reminder of the spirit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and loved the fallen hero.
Rep. Isaac requested that the American Legion raise this flag on special federal holidays such as Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Gold Star Mother’s, Family and Wive’s Days and Veterans Day, to which was there was great applause and agreement.
Attendees then enjoyed a social time in which all were invited to enjoy the food and refreshments. Door prizes were then given out, provided by donations from local businesses.
The American Legion would like to Thank all of those who donated to the renovation project and door prizes, they are; Diamond Signs, Blanco A/C, Andrew Thigpen, Sam-Mar Ranch Realty, Digital Expressions, Express Care, Triesch Auto, Gear Guy, Blanco Floral & Gift Shop, Stickland Drugs, Blanco Hydro Gas, Brigham Insurance, Klepac Nursery, Uptown Blanco Restaurant, Oak Creek Cafe, Dawn DeLaurentis, County Wide Title, NAPA Auto Parts, Larry & Belinda Downing, The Vintage Cottage, Happy Trails Metal Craft, J. Myane Realty, Just Us Guys & A Young Lady, Brieger Pottery, Hill Country Real Estate, Blanco Taxidermy, Pet Galaxy, Moursund Land Titles, Inc., Frausto Designs, C&M Automotive, PC & Betty Rust, Best Western, Blanco Regional Clinic, Doug Pautz, DDS, Zocalo Eclectic Cafe, Blanco Tire & Brakes, Papa Joey’s, Bliss Bling & Sassy Things, Doug Becker, DDS, Hair Saloon, Leitrim Enterprises, Shamrock Plumbing, William & Cherie Donnelly, Boatmasters, Truby’s Hair Design, Deer Creek Veterinary, Craig’s Do It Best Lumber, Ronnie & Nicki Zella, Odiorne Feed & Ranch, The Buschfort Family, Roberta Flurry, Ranger Offroad, Lindig Truck & Equipment, Spring Branch Shaved Ice, Nest Vintage Gifts & Sweets, Country Floors & More, Scott’s Small Engine Repair, Strutty’s Feed Store, Affordable Furniture, Ronnie’s BBQ, Spring Branch Barber Shop, El Charro Restaurant, Johnson City Sign Shop, and The Chason Family.