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2017-09-07

Remember 9/11 with a Patriots Day Breakfast

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In honor of Patriot Day, the Bandera American Legion Post 157 invites everyone in the community to a breakfast fit for heroes and first responders — veterans and active military, firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical specialists.
“This is a day to bring the community and first responders together,” said post commander Dennis Birchall. “It’s an opportunity to thank our first responders.”
Breakfast is free and will be served from 8 am to noon at the Legion Hall, at 205 12th St., beside Western Trail Antiques and Marketplace. (Donations will be given to the Bandera Volunteer Fire Department.)
What’s cooking?
Omelets and eggs will be made to order and served with sides of bacon, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. And pancakes — don’t forget the pancakes: regular, blueberry and chocolate chip!
“We just keep cooking ’til the food’s all gone,” said James Tuscana, commander of Sons of the American Legion Post 410. Tuscana, who is often the lead-cook for the quarterly breakfasts, shared a secret. “The secret is … we just run down the street and buy more groceries if we seem to be running low.”
Entertainment and information on tap
Children are welcome and several tables will be set up with activities geared just for them.
The “Back Porch Pickers Band” will perform their unique brand of Texas country music and original songs for the crowd. Other local musicians will make guest appearances, too — Boone Holding, Cody Cox and Summer Hughes.
And, if you have questions about local services you never get around to asking, this might be the time and place to ask them. Representatives from Alamo Area Council of Governments, Military Peer-to-Peer Network, the Silver Sage and the Bandera County Service Office will be present and available to discuss their respective services.
And what about Patriot Day?
Two days later, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, is not a national holiday. It is Patriot Day — an annual observance to remember those who were killed or wounded by Islamic terrorists. The terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and one plane into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The heroic efforts of ordinary people — passengers on the fourth plane—caused that plane to crash in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, instead of the terrorists’ intended target.
On Patriot Day, Americans will fly the U.S. flag at half-mast at all federal, state, and local government buildings and installations, and at homes and businesses to show respect for the heroes and victims of 9-11. Americans across the country have planned observance ceremonies and activities to honor our heroes; and churches will hold special services. Many people will observe moments of silence at 7:46 am — the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center — and consider the implications and results of that attack and reflect on the daily service and sacrifice of first responders everywhere.