Warrior’s Weekend is an annual fishing event held in Port O’Connor to honor American soldiers, particularly those who have been injured while serving our country. The trip to the Texas coast gives these veterans a chance to escape the hardships they must endure from being wounded in battle. Local residents and visitors embrace the opportunity to show their appreciation and support to all veterans who attend Warrior’s Weekend. This year, Warrior’s Weekend VI will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012.
Wounded soldiers from around the country receive a spectacular welcome as they enter Port O’Connor. Some warriors arrive on Friday evening through American flags that line the highway coming into town. Charter buses deliver these heroes to the Port O’Connor Community Center where an adoring crowd cheers as they exit, each soldier receiving a multitude of handshakes, pats on the back along with praise and thanks for making the journey to Port O’Connor for the Warrior’s Weekend celebration.
On Saturday morning at the Warrior’s Weekend welcome rally, local residents and visitors anticipate the arrival of more wounded soldiers from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Boats line the canal near Froggie’s Bait Dock with captains anxiously awaiting their worthy passengers. These volunteer fishermen take wounded soldiers and their families out on boats for a fun day of fishing and well-deserved relaxation in the bays surrounding Port O’Connor.
While soldiers are enjoying their time fishing, Warrior’s Weekend visitors can experience a variety of family-friendly activities held at the Port O’Connor Community Center. A stunning sand sculpture portraying a patriotic theme is a sight to behold. Another breathtaking display is the field of flags, a memorial for soldiers who have fallen. Warrior’s Weekend guests can join the soldiers and their families as they are treated to a fish fry dinner celebration with music and patriotic speeches at the Port O’Connor Community Center.