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FromthepublisherAs we approach the holiday season, our hearts are drawn to those less fortunate – especially the children who, without the generosity of others, would have a very sad and bleak Christmas. Winter Texans have a remarkable reputation for their generous hearts and are known to plan food and clothing drives, make quilts and gather toy donations for many needy children and families. If your park or resort is planning a food drive for Thanksgiving, a toy drive for Christmas, or other activities to help brighten the holidays for the less fortunate, send me an email at or give me a call at 956-580-7800. I want to hear from you and share your story with others.

If you are planning a Thanksgiving or Christmas luncheon or other holiday activity at the park, let me know about that too. I look forward to featuring some of your activities in the Winter Texan Times.

A Salute to Our Veterans

As we celebrate Veterans Day this weekend, I want to send out a big Thank you! to all who have served in the United States armed forces. Thank you for your dedication, patriotism and the sacrifices you have made to defend America and preserve the freedoms we all enjoy every day. All of our veterans, and especially those who have seen active combat duty, certainly deserve our deepest respect and honor.
In honor of all veterans, we share the stories of a few of our veterans in today’s edition of the Winter Texan Times.

Veterans Eat Free

Several Valley restaurants are honoring veterans by providing free meals or entrees for veterans. See the restaurants for details. The following restaurants are offering a free meal or a free entrée on Sunday, Nov. 11: Applebee’s, Chili’s, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse.

IHOP is offering a free stack of Red White and Blueberry pancakes on Nov. 12, while Golden Corral if offering a free dinner buffet and a beverage from 5-9 p.m. for vets.

Veterans Day Events

There are quite a few Veterans Day events planned this week. Most will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, since Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year. Following are a few of these events. Look for more events on our website
Nov. 7, Edinburg, 11 a.m. – Veterans Day ceremony at UTRGV in Edinburg in the university dining and ballroom complex.
Nov. 9, McAllen, 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Pre-Veterans Day Hotdog BBQ at McAllen Outpatient Clinic, 901 E. Hackberry, McAllen. For info call Patrick Hawkins at 956-618-7100, ext. 67180.
Nov. 10, Mission, 10 a.m. – Veterans Day Flag Placing Ceremony: The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery will be handing out flags at 10 am to be laid out on gravesites. Located at 2520 S. Inspiration Road, Mission. For more information, call George Rice at 956-583-7227.
Nov. 10, McAllen, 11:00 a.m. – Veterans Day will be celebrated at 11:00 at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, located at 29th St. and Col. Plummer Dr., next to the McAllen Convention Center. Families, veterans and others are invited to join in the patriotic ceremony. Principal speaker will be Vietnam veteran and Texas Senator, Juan Jesus “Chuy” Hinojosa as we remember all veterans who have placed their lives on the line to protect our freedom and independence. McAllen Mayor Jim Darling will also speak.
Nov. 10, Edinburg, 10 a.m. – Edinburg Veterans Day Parade. Parade begins at Richard R. Flores Stadium and ends at McIntyre Street and 10th.
Nov. 10, Victoria Palms Resort Ballroom –Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner & Dance. Social hour: 6 - 7 p.m. Dinner & Recognition: 7:00-8:15 p.m. Dance: 8:15 – midnight. For tickets or table reservations, call Guillermo Trejo at 956-463-7815.
Nov. 10, Mercedes, 10 a.m. – The City of Mercedes, Mercedes ISD, American Legion Post 172 and Mercedes Chamber of Commerce host a Veterans Day Parade, which begins at corner of South 6th Street and Texas and ends at the Mercedes Livestock Show Grounds.
Nov. 10, Pharr – Veterans Day Parade and Fireworks. Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. at Poncho’s Café and ends at Sam Houston. Fireworks: 6:15 p.m. Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, San Benito, 8:50 a.m. – Veterans Day march and ceremony in San Benito begins at 8:50 a.m. when veterans and surviving family members are invited to march down Sam Houston Street with a police escort to the San Benito Veterans War Memorial site at the railroad tracks and Rowson Street. For more information, call Victor Garza at 956-399-7464.
Nov. 11, McAllen, 7 p.m. – VFW Post 8788 will host a ceremony to remember all veterans. Located on the corner of Pecan Blvd and North Bentsen Rd. For more information call 631-0333.
Nov. 12, Trophy Garden RV Resort, 11:00 a.m. – Veterans Day Ceremony.
Nov. 12, Weslaco, 8:30 a.m. – Flag raising ceremony at Catholic War Veterans, 1501 N. International Blvd, Weslaco.

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