On May 18th, the annual Warrior’s Weekend in Port O’Connor will host over 700 of our wounded heroes and their families for a day of fishing and fun. For the 8th year in a row, soldiers who have sacrificed for our country will be brought in from all across the USA to our little corner of the world. Hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters will be on hand to demonstrate their support for what these unsung heroes have done to preserve our freedom and bring democracy to others around the world.
Many of the warriors will arrive on Friday, with the bulk arriving by caravan on Saturday. Hundreds of local fishing guides, residents and vacation home owners will provide boats to take the soldiers and their families fishing throughout our renowned bays. At one point last year, the caravan bringing veterans to our area extended for fourteen miles, and included every law enforcement agency from Houston to Calhoun County, as well as dozens of motorcycles and cars.
Warrior’s Weekend is organized each year by a dedicated army of volunteers lead by Ron Kocian of Victoria, Texas. What began as an ad hoc effort to honor local wounded veterans, as well as those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, has grown each year as more and more wounded soldiers were invited to come to South Texas. Leaders and volunteers involved raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to pay for the airfare, transportation, housing and food.
Locally, hundreds of Port O’Connor volunteers contribute thousands of collective hours preparing the town for the annual weekend celebration. School children place thousands of American flags in the field east of the Community Center. Skilled artists sculpt 200 tons of sand as a monument to the veterans. Local residents prepare gift baskets to give each family staying in Port O’Connor.
Tigrett Real Estate is being honored this year for their annual efforts to find local housing for veterans and families that are driving to Port O’Connor (many come by bus, having flown into Bush Intercontinental Airport). Each year, Bill Tigrett and his staff work tirelessly to solicit and prepare local homes donated by owners specifically for use by the visiting veterans.