New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 166
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
School’s out come F ridayFinal day will be short one for students
By Sean BowlinStaff Writer
High school graduations and early releases will dominate the last week of school in Comal County.
The final day of school for both the New Braunfels and Cordal independent school districts is Friday. But school calendars are packed with awards ceremonies, talent days and last-minute preparations for graduation day.
The first of five graduation ceremonies is tonight when 75 students graduate from the Comal Leadership Institute. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Another 40 CIS!) students
Tonight: Comal Leadership Institute, 7 p.m., New Braunfels Civic Center
Thursday: New BraunfelsHigh School, 7:30 p.m., Strahan Coliseum, SWTSU
Saturday: Canyon High School, 10 a.m., Strahan Coliseum, SWTSU
Sunday: Smithson Valley High School, 3 p.m., Strahan Coliseum, SWTSU
receive their General Equivalency Degrees in a special ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the theater at Smithson Valley High School. Seniors of New BraunfelsSee SCHOOL’S OUT/3A
Veterans stood tall in times of need
Legionnaires wave flags to honor fallen comrades
By Sean BowlinStaff Writer
The work officially starttnl at 7
“I heard they were going to have extra people show up, but I didn’t expect this,” Stewart said.
“We have plenty of help this morning,” Max Donaldson of Post 35 said.
Donaldson, who served three years in the military, planted flags around the Plaza and on San Antonio and Seguin streets.
He said the project shows visitors to our community as well as local residents that American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars support the troops overseas.
For Stewart, planting a flag on See WAVE FLAGS/8A
Evaristo Reyes stood in the background as about 50 people sang “God Bless Amen-ca.
ll) him, the IO a.m. Memorial Day observance at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park near Seguin, sponsored by the American Legion’s Post 35, evoked images of a special veteran.
“My father-in-law, Albino Guerrero Sr., served in World War II,” Reyes said. “He loaded airplanes in England, the ones that bombed Germany. He’s buried here."
Guerrero’s grave had an airplane on it.
Reyes talked about a man who loved terriers and who used to put on his Army Air Force cap and salute as he recalled the time when he was young and strong.See CEMETERY/3A
By Sean Bo WUNStaff Writer
Rain doesn’t dampen solemn salute
DAVID INGRAM/Herald-ZeitungTanya Abare, 10, helps members of American Legion Post 35 put out American flags throughout the downtown area Monday morning.
Cecil Konkel smiled as he looked up and down the streets funneling into the main Plaza.
Twenty-five fellow veterans, women and children were busy unrolling flags that they picked up from the trailer Konkel was towing on the back of his van.
Konkel, commander of American Legion Post 35, could hardly contain himself.
“I’m going to have to ask people not to participate. That’s a first,” he said.
Gabriel Stewart was one of the first people to arrive to help bright and early Monday morning.
Before Monday’s ceremony in Prince Solms Park, Lorenz F. Bading (front) shows Jack Ballantine the names of the members of his National Guard unit that was activated during World War ll.
The names are preserved in the memorial pavers located in the park.
By Sean BowunStaff Writer
Lorenz Bading walked right to the section of red bricks bearing the names of the members of the Texas 36th “T-Patch” Infantry Division.
As raindrops splattered the Veterans Memorial in Prince Solms Park Monday morning, Bading pointed to the brick bearing his name.
It was in Section “L,” right next to the names of his fellow National Guard soldiers who were mobilized from New Braunfels to fight in Europe during World War II. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung “There were 64 when we
left for Europe,” Bading said. “We returned two-and-a-half years later. Now there are 16 left. That’s a quarter of them.”
Nearby, Paul Karstetter, who served in the Pacific during World War II with the Third Marine Division, [jointed to fellow veterans standing at attention with M-l rifles. During the ceremony, they fired three volleys in a symbolic salute to veterans who lost their livens in combat, he said.
Karstetter and Bading had returned home, and Monday
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DAVID INGRAM/Herald-ZeitungAmerican Legion Post 35 Historian Mary Obriotti prays during a ceremony honoring veterans held at Guadalupe Memorial Park Monday morning.
Home from the war
By Sean Bowlin
Being at sea for 79 straight days helping to launch bomb-laden jets bounds for Iraq let Marine Gunnery Sgt. David Jones in on two things.
For one, he’s no hero. That distinction belongs to his wife, Lisa.
Second, the little things in life mean more than a person may realize.
After supervising bombing operations aboard the USS Constellation, Jones had felt nothing but steel and asphalt under his boots for more than two months.
So when the “Connie” docked in Freemantle, Australia, Jones and his buddies went for a run. They got off the pavement and one of his buddies stopped.
"Look guys, we’re running on the dirt,” the friend said.
‘That gave me a whole new perspective,” Jones said.
And that’s saying a lot for a man who has gotten a lot of dirt under his feet as a Marine drill instructor and flight mechanic on expeditionary airfields during a career that is nearing the 20-year mark.
But none of his prior homecomings were as sweet as Saturday night when he returned to NewSee HOMECOMING/3A
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Returning Marine David Jones gets a hug from his mother and his wife, Usa, Saturday night upon his return at San Antonio Airport.