"As Military City, USA®, it is only fitting that San Antonio hosts a Veterans Day celebration that appropriately honors the tens of thousands of veterans and active duty service members who are our neighbors. In 2021, when the city’s official Veterans Day celebration was canceled, Hemisfair stepped in and planned a last-minute, albeit successful, event. This year, with more runway to plan, we are aiming to host the largest Veterans Day celebration in the state to showcase our support and respect for the defenders of our nation.”
– Anne Krause, President & Executive Director, Hemisfair Conservancy (USAF veteran)
Hemisfair is an urban parks district designed to be enjoyed by all residents and visitors to Military City, USA®. As San Antonio’s central-most greenspace, they are deeply committed to developing programming and amenities to meet the needs of every member of our community.
This year, Hemisfair is partnering with corporations, foundations and individual donors to host SA Veterans Day at Hemisfair–San Antonio’s largest Veterans Day event, designated as the city’s official celebration.
While this will be a day of respectful celebration, it will also be a day to honor our commitment to do more than just say “thanks.” SA Veterans Day at Hemisfair presented by Endeavors will be a chance to introduce veterans to service organizations that meet their individual needs, to give back to veteran-focused organizations, and to create sincere connections within this community.
This project builds upon Hemisfair’s local role of acting as a catalyst for community-building opportunities. Together our partnership can bring this event to a wider audience, and to raise funds to rally the city around our veterans and active duty service members.
You can find out more about Hemisfair and keep up with other community events athemisfair.org or their social media accounts@hemisfair.
Self-Respect can hit in two different ways. One is through fitness. You have to take care of your body in order to thrive. If you just sit on the couch and eat potato chips then you will live a short unhappy life. Self-respect is treating your body like a temple and taking care of it to the best of your ability. The second way self-respect is important is mental health and asking for help. I’ve always played the game of admitting any of that is a weakness. After seeing so many of my peers find so much relief I finally found out how much seeking help and talking to people about it all can help. Without taking care of myself both physically and mentally there is no getting to the objective.
Today, nearly 200,000 of our American service members are deployed in more than 100 countries around the world. But our troops are not as equipped as we’d like to think. Many times, they need resources faster than the government can supply them. Red tape, supply chain issues, or equipment failures mean that our service members are sometimes in the field without the equipment they need to protect themselves or to do the job effectively. When our troops need operational gear, they don’t need it in a few weeks or months. They need it now. Troops Direct fills the gap to protect our service members by supplying them with the equipment they need— usually within days, anywhere around the world. Our troops sacrifice daily to protect us, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. It’s our duty to support them - to provide what they need to accomplish missions and come home safe and in one piece.
This year I am partnering with Legacies Alive, an organization focused on supporting our Nation’s Gold Star Families, by undertaking the 2023 Legacies Alive Challenge. On September 24, 2023, the 12th anniversary of Tyler’s death, I will begin a 425-mile, four week hike from Tyler’s hometown of Dana Point, CA and finish in Ricardo’s hometown of Salinas, CA. My mission is to honor, celebrate, and pay tribute to not just Tyler and Ricardo, but to all who have died in service to the United States of America. The money raised will go towards building permanent memorials, for both Tyler and Ricardo, in each of their hometowns respectively.
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