SAN ANTONIO – (Nov. 11, 2021) Fred Brock American Legion Post 828, located on the city’s East Side, hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the post’s event center.
Keynote speakers consisted of Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert Jr. and the Hon. Grace M. Uzomba, Bexar County Court-at-Law No. 2, a retired U.S. Army major.
The event was attended by numerous Veterans and elected judges, to include Bexar County/City clerks and 20th District Legion Commander John Hafner.
According to Calvert, he was honored to have been invited to spend time with the veterans of Fred Brock Post 828.
“Those of you brave Americans who have served in uniform have spent time away from family, friends and personal pursuits,” said Calvert. “The physical toll of training and fighting and the scars that remain when the battle is over ... every citizen owes a debt to every veteran for their service toward our freedom.”
Uzomba began her remarks with asking those in attendance to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State. She centered her remarks regarding the service of veterans and various types of specialty courts, to include Veterans Court.
“I need all of you to be advocates as we need diversity on the benches of the judiciary in Bexar County,” said Uzomba, who became the newest member of Post 828 and will have her name placed on the post’s Veteran’s Wall of Honor. “I believe in the court of second chances. If you mess up, instead of issuing a motion to revoke a person’s probation, I’ll call you in to speak to the judge and give you an opportunity to be heard.”
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Al Alford, commander of Post 828, thanked Calvert and Uzomba for their words and presented each with a post certificate of appreciation.
After the ceremony, guests gathered in front of the Veteran’s Wall of Honor for photos, followed by refreshments and music.
Special thanks to the post’s Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons members who volunteered to set up, cook and serve all the guests who attended the event.