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Newsletter: A time to honor

Last weekend, I had the honor of participating in two wonderful events honoring heroes in our community, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about each. 

On Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Through Wreaths Across America, wreaths were laid on the graves of almost 900,000 service members around the country, and I was extremely honored to deliver a message to the friends and families of those brave heroes who have been laid to rest here in San Antonio. I reminded them that San Antonio is a community that cares deeply for those who have served in uniform and their families. I also expressed that the best way to honor those we've lost is to do right by the Service Members and Veterans who are still among us.

The next day, I presented a resolution to another San Antonio hero, Marine Corps Sgt. Werner "Ronnie" Reininger. His story is remarkable: While serving as a machine gunner with the 1st Marine Division in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, he was hit four times by incoming mortar shells. One mortar round severed his right leg and shredded his left, which was later amputated along with all of his fingers (he would have 16 surgeries). He received two Purple Hearts and, earlier this year, Governor Abbott gave him the Lone Star Medal of Valor. He is a source of tremendous pride and inspiration for our entire community.

I am grateful to have had these opportunities to spend time with those who served so bravely and their families. As we gather with our families this holiday season, may we all remember the brave men and women who continue to protect and defend our country.