SAN ANTONIO – (Nov. 10, 2019) Fred Brock American Post 828, located on the city’s Eastside, hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the post’s event center.
Keynote speakers included District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and former District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse, both of whom are veterans.
Special recognition was given to the post’s living WWII Veterans Johnie Hubert and Willie Foster. Additionally, the post recognized U.S. Army Pvt. Penn Franks Jr. for his service and sacrifice.
In February 1945, Franks was a member of Company G, 371st Infantry Regiment 92nd Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle on the Gothic line in the northern Apennine Mountains near Strettoia, Italy, when he was killed in action on February 10, 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. On Aug. 16, 2019, Franks was buried with military honors at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In honor of Franks, his name was placed on the post’s Veteran’s Wall of Honor during the ceremony and he was made posthumously an honorary member of Post 828. Representing Franks were his sister, Daisy Lewis, and niece, Yvonne Lewis.
Post Commander Al Alford thanked all for taking the time out of their day to honor veterans, and to especially honor the last of the “Greatest Generation.”
“Veterans Day is a well-known holiday, but there are some misconceptions regarding it,” said Alford. “Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is to honor those who gave their lives for their country. Veterans Day honors those who have served during wartime or peacetime.”
After the ceremony, guests were served lunch sponsored by USAA, First Command, Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, and San Antonio Lodge No. 1 (F.&A.M.).
Additional supporters included Walmart, Sam’s Club and Alamo Liquor Distributors.
Special thanks to the post’s Auxiliary, Legionnaires, and Sons of the American Legion who volunteered to set up, cook and serve over 150 guests who visited the post.