New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Retired veteran looking for someone to take on flag duties
The Herald-Zeitung (^Id Glory waving in the’ wind.
A symbol th.it means so much to so many.
For H years, retired veteran Manuel ('amarc'no has made sure the flag has been waving at all six cemeteries in N('W Braun-ic‘ls, and is prc'sc'ntc'd .it veteran's tunerals .it thrcH» I(k al tuneral homes C'am.ireno, a rc'tirc'cl mas-t('r sergc'ant with the U.S. Army, <ilso is disabled and has also campaigned tor veter.in's beni'tifs. He is 90 (K'rcent legalK blind, but It has never stopped him trom Ins mission ot making surf* veterans in ( omal and (luadalupe countu’S <jre recogni7(’d ior iheir servK e to their (ountry. Now, at HI v('ars old, as a selt-appointed amliass.idor tor v(’t('rans, h(> is r('<uly to pass on his dutic's.
Som(Mim('s, all those duties involve, he said, is getting on th(' phone .ind making a c all "V\'h(‘n I got here to ( olonial Manor ther(> were no flags,” he s.iid, "I i ailed up the ( ommandcT ot the Schert/ VrVV, he i ame down with th(' I .uiies ,^ux-iliar\ and brought us flags."
Other tim('s, fiiough, ( amareno has gone b(>vond mu( h mor(' th.in a )hone ( all. He opf'ned a )ri(4( .)sc full ot ( orr(‘spon den( (“ to President B.h.k k Obama, Sen. john ( ronvn K-Tc'x.is) and C'lov, Ruk i’('rr\. ( .imareno said budget c uts in I ‘*‘)4 aric( led
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Retired Army Master Sgt. Manuel Camareno talks about his milifary training and career on Sept. 2 inside his room at Colonial Manor
"The number of riflenK'n was reducc*d. The number of flag holders was r('ducc*d And instead ot a bugler playing taps, you were given a ( asscHte tape with the song on it," ( amareno said.
( .imarc'no is working lo bring full military l)urial back, regardless of rank, that would in( lude sev(*n ritlemen, thrcH* I lag hold(‘rs itnd a bugler pl.iving taps. fHe also is working to have sue h burials take pla( (' at lo( al (('meU'ries.
( am.ireno entered the U.S. Army in I'to, serving two tours ot servic e in Vietnam.
\ ie ri'tired <)s an I -8 master serge,int atl(T 11 yc.irs.
Wh(Mi h(' and his late wife Dora arrived in New Braunfels, one of the first things Camareno did was campaign to get flags and fl.igpolc's placed at all six c(‘mc»teri(‘s in Nc*w Braun-lels.
He also made sure local tuneral home's had folded Hags tor vet(>rans' funerals and pLujues honoring v('t-erans tor their services. He has performc‘d similar serv-i( es in neighboring C'luadalupe County.
He organizc'd a spex lal \U'mori<)l Day c'vent at Sts. IVter and Paul ( (nnc'ter\ in 1999 and would like to sc'e more of those (‘vents in the tuture. He hope's fhc're will b(> more of these types of ev(>nts in th(> tutur('.
He still h.is lots of idcMs to share with his r('pla(('-ment. Maybe, he said, th(>re would l)e somt^one from the sc bools who would !)(' interested in pl.iying " laps" at the servic es.
"I want lo l)(' buric'd at ( omal ('einetery," Í amareno said.
That is where his lal(‘ wil(' was I,lid to rest.
"It sure would be nic e lo have a young man playing taps tor ni(' at my funeral. Not that I'm pushing tor tli.it date," he said, smiling. "But that's whal I would llk(‘."
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Smithson Valley High School senior Jordan Jentz stands outside the U.S. Capilol building.
SVHS senior Jentz attends Boys Nation
By will Wright
Iordan jentz got a tast(‘ ot his life's amnition this summer, when he S|)ent a wc'c'k in the nation's capital with the best and brightest high school students in th(> country.
The l7-ye\ir-old Smithson Valley High School senior was one of two Texas teens sele( ted to attend the American Lc'gion's ()r('Stigious Boys Nation conference in Washington D.('.
Two outstanding students from 49 states arc* re[)rc'-sc'nted at Boys Nation, whc're th(>y are sc hcHilc'd in the struc ture and function ot the fe*(l(>ral government. Fac h act(*d as sc'nators b(>longing to the F('dc‘ralist or Nationalist parties, and c auc usc'd, c rc'ati'd legisl.i-tion, engaged in hearings and deb.itc'cl the merits ot v.irious bills.
"The motto of the conference was 'The Wc'c'k That Shapes a I itc^timc',' and that's 100 [htc ent truf' and also an understate-m(‘nt," Iordan said. "The wec'k really definc'S what you want to Ix', .ukI a lot of US ligurc'd out what we want to do with our lives.
"Meeting thc> to ) two kids from 49 ot He SO st.ites just showc'd how ()rc> parc'd my gc>neration rcMlly is to take on the c halle*ng(‘S w(>'ll have to take on."
Jordan almost missc'd the gate on gc'tting into the Boys State process. He h.ul briefly transferred from Smithson Valley to earn a semester of collc'ge crenlit, but rc'turned last spring. Hc' ap[)lic'ci latc' l)ut was namc'cl as an alternate to rc'present the area by New Braunfels American Legion Post .5S.
Iordan excels in his Advanced Placement curriculum, and he ranks in the top 2 percent of his class. His tenacity didn't sur[)rise Smithson Valley counselor |oni WcKxlchic k.
"He's be^en an outstanding student," Woodchick said. "It was just something that was meant to be.
because he was amazing at Boys State
"Iordan is a high ac hiev-er and is ve>a' goal oric'nte'd. When he sc'ts his mind on somi'thing, he's going to achi('ve it."
Iordan [)c'rform(*d so we'll at Boys St.ite that he was sel('c ted to Boys Nation, which held its national seminar from |uly 22-29. The students visited most of th(' nation.il venu(‘s and monuments, and visited with s(>nalors and representatives.
Tlie biggest (»vent c .ime on luly 2(), whc'n the\ spc'nt lime witli President Barac k ()b.uiia.
"F^e shook hands W'ith all of us," Iordan said. "He talked to us about the ('du cation ol th(' youth and how inspiring it is thal w(''rc' here k'arning <>bout and |)rac tic ing th(' fc'deral govi'rnnKMi! and doing what we'r(' doing in <i timc' lik(> this."
The prc'sidc'nt met with thc' stud(>nts lor about five* minutes.
"It was .ilmost snrr(‘al," Iordan said. "I knc'w what he lookcHl like and sound c*d likc' from TV, but we [>er sonit\ c:('l(‘briti('s .is it th(‘v are not r('al hum.ui Ix'ings. It v\as rc'ally sLirrc'al to se>e PrcMck'nt ()bama in front ot me* and rc'.ili/e hc's just a man like vou or m«'."
Iordan forge'd alliance’s and friendships with c'very-onc' during the conlc'rc'nce. The studeMilN stagc'd ('Ic'c-tions toi president .ind vice' pre'sidi'iit, though Iordan lost In'- t.K (' tor the latter.
"()ui p.ui\ 's nominc'e for pre>side>nt won the' gc'nc'ral elc'ction, <md he appoint ed me to the Supreme ( ourt," he s.iicl. "I wouldn't sav 1 got the appointmc'nl because ol my iru'ndship with him — I originally wantc'd to be* attornc'y gc'n-c'ral."
The aspiring lawmakers also saw re-al democ racy in ac tion, as thc'y w'itnc'ssed the wrangling between Dc'mocrats and Republicans trying to hammer out a clc'al on raising the-national ek'bt ceiling.oviding New Braunfels.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Gtoup is proud to welcome Dr. Anthony Bordon as the newest surgeon to join our distinguished team.
Dr. Bordon graduated cum laude from IIie University of Texas in Austin. He went on to attend medical sciiool at tl le University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and is excited to return to Central Texas after completing his surgical residency at F^hoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program.Dr. Borden’s primary focus at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa encompasses breast, advanced laparoscopic, and colorectal surgeries.
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