Victoria Veterans Council holds meeting

Commander Peter Riesz opened the Victoria Veterans Council meeting and read the minutes from the January meeting.

Rene Coronado, field representative for Congressman Farenthold, reported on the meeting of veterans in Corpus Christi for March 17 and the plans for a summit for March 31.

The treasurer reported on the financial condition.

The commander reported that the AFROTC banquet will be 7 p.m. April 11 at West High School.

There were 15 veterans' funerals for the month with seven honor guards.

The commander reported that there are only two local cemeteries, White and Hill, which do not have sponsors for clean up. It was voted unanimously that the trailer of the organization be given to John Tait as he has used his funds to keep it up. Discussion was had about ROTC helping on the maintenance of cemeteries. It was noted that there are many safety requirements.

Development of a monument center was discussed with the possibility of using the vacant lot between the 1892 Courthouse and the old jail. The old VFW hall may be used as a museum. Gilbert Ramon reported on a memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with a fundraiser May 11. Marcus Lattrell of "Lone Survivor" is to be here May 10. The Iraq/Afghanistan vets were invited to become a part of the Veterans Council.

Colonel Michael Petrash advised that vets would get a $10 deduction for tickets to the Latrell meeting of May 10 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. The kick-off for the Field of Honor will take place May 3.

Memorial Day will be May 26 at the gazebo in Downtown Victoria. Congressman Farenthold is asked to be the speaker.

The next meeting of the Veterans Council will be March 26.