In a show of community unity this weekend, Missouri City citizens saluted a local son for his military service in Afghanistan. In a ceremony at Protector’s Plaza, Lance Corporal Kevin Carson Williams was greeted with enthusiastic applause, warm hugs, handshakes and messages of “thanks” from dozens of residents, members of the Missouri City Police and Fire Departments and City Council members.
As Williams stood at attention, joined by his mother, Mary, and his father, Dale, Mayor Allen Owen read a City Council proclamation honoring his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Williams, fondly known as “K.C.” to family and friends, thanked everyone for the “touching” tribute and said ceremonies like this “mean a lot” to his squad, the 15 H&S Company stationed at Camp Pendleton, and all military troops. He said it reminds them they have loved ones waiting to welcome them home. The 22-year-old who was shot in his right forearm by a Taliban sniper on June 24, added: “I really appreciate the City coming together to support me.”
In addition to Mayor Owen, the salute drew a number of dignitaries including State Rep. Ron Reynolds, City Council members Robin Elackatt, Floyd Emery, Bobby Marshall, Danny Nguyen, and Don Smith and Precinct 2 Constable Ruben Davis.
After the celebration, Police and Fire department vehicles led a procession of residents and the South East Texas Patriot Guard Riders to an outdoor “Welcome Home Reception” on Robinson Road. The route was lined with ribbons, American flags and posters; decorations arranged by the Quail Valley Exchange Club and other area residents.