The Fort Bend County community will have the opportunity to honor our active military, new recruits and veterans during this multi-part event, being held at Constellation Field on Tuesday, May 28th.
The first part of the event, is a recognition ceremony called “Our Community Salutes Fort Bend”, and was initiated by a local Ambassador-level Girl Scout, Bonnie Worstell, who chose this effort for her Gold Award project — it is focused solely on honoring and thanking the new recruits of Fort Bend County for their decision to serve.
When asked about her inspiration for this particular type of event, Ms. Worstell, a junior at Clements high school and a member of NJROTC, shared how she was disappointed to learn of the negative reactions many people had toward her friends who were enlisting in the military after high-school versus the accolades other graduates received who chose to enter college. Bonnie said, “It’s because they made their decision to serve our country that we are free and able to make our own decision(s)”. Feeling strongly that these young men and women should be recognized, honored and celebrated for their commitment to serve, Ms. Worstell has put together a first-time ever appreciation event acknowledging and thanking Fort Bend County’s new recruits and their families for their decision, patriotism and commitment to serve our country in one of the US Armed Forces. KPRC, Channel 2 news anchor Bill Balleza, a former U.S. Marine, will emcee the event, US Congressman Pete Olson, a decorated Naval officer, and Texas House Representative Rick Miller, a 30-year Naval veteran who also had an impressive military career, are two of the key speakers listed in the program. There will be a special treat when Darby Ledbetter, a Chief Warrant Officer with the National Guard and a well-known Soldier-Songwriter performs his 2010 Emmy-Award winning song “I Won’t Let My Guard Down” (www.nationalguard.com/events/darby-ledbetter).
To learn more about “Our Community Salutes Fort Bend” on May 28th visit www.goldawardprojectsalute.weebly.com .
The event continues with a pre-game program to honor our military beginning at 5:45pm. “Legacy of Freedom – Saluting Our Heroes” will be presented on Constellation Field and will honor the men and women of our Armed Forces. Officials from the city, county and state will be presenting proclamations, and as part of the event, the 72nd BSTB National Guard Unit and other first responders will be on hand to show off their latest equipment and technology.
The event concludes with the Skeeters Home game starting at 7pm. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a ticket for a veteran and/or new enlistee to attend this event, please contact Tyler Stamm at 281.207.9127 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Skeeters Box Office at 281.240-HITS or www.sugarlandskeeters.com.