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A San Antonio Salute to Armed Forces on the River Walk

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Armed Forces Day is quickly approaching on May 21, 2016, and San Antonio honors service members and veterans in a truly special way. In honor of our dedicated service members, San Antonio holds its Yellow Ribbon Project along the banks of the San Antonio River.

The yellow ribbon is a powerful symbol that began appearing in larger numbers during the Gulf War. It symbolizes the service, remembrance, and waiting of that someone special no matter if it is son, daughter, husband, wife, or friend who is abroad and the waiting for their return as well as our current active service members and veterans who are stationed on American soil or at American bases.

Yellow Ribbon Around Old Oak Tree

Photo: www.singsnap.com

Kicking off on Monday April 4, 2016 until May 1, 2016, you have a chance to purchase a yellow ribbon that will be placed on a tree along the San Antonio River Walk. The ribbons can be purchased for $5 or five ribbons for $20. Along with the purchase the name of the service member will appear on the River Walk website and if purchase is made prior to April 30, the honoree’s name will be put on the ribbon.  Ribbons will be placed on the trees starting May 7 until May 21.

Armed Forces River Parade Float

Photo: www.jbsa.mil

On May 21, 2016, San Antonio will hold its Armed Forces River Parade honoring the service of the brave and dedicated men and women of all the armed services who serve and have served our country. The parade will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there will be 26 patriotically decorated floats carrying personnel and patriotic music will be played.

Saluting Soldiers at Riverwalk
Photo: www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Proceeds from the sale of the ribbons will help fund the parade, which is free to the public. Ribbons maybe purchased online through the San Antonio River Walk Armed Forces River Parade page. As always, volunteers are also needed to hang and remove ribbons, so please consider volunteering. The parade will also be aired on KMYS CW 35. As always, remember to show our service members gratitude for their sacrifice, what better way to say thank you!

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