I hope everyone had a chance to relax over the Memorial Day weekend and take a moment to honor the men and women who made the greatest sacrifice while serving the United States military. As a Marine, I think about these men and women often. We have our freedom because of them — from those who served and died in our most modern conflicts to those who helped birth our nation 240 years ago.
For many kids, this also is the last week of school. Soon that means trips to the neighborhood pool or nearby watering hole, playing in summer rec leagues, claiming your spot for family barbecues at your favorite park, and road trips. Luckily for you, District 19 offers plenty summer activities.
In particular, Garner State Park in Concan celebrates its 75th anniversary June 1. Did you know the park was named after John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, who served as vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt? The park spans 1,773 acres and includes 2.9 miles of the Frio River, camping, fishing, hikes and bike rides. Learn more: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/garner
Of course, District 19 boasts the Spanish colonial missions (http://www.missionsofsanantonio.org/) — the only World Heritage site in Texas, and one of the few cultural sites in the U.S. — on San Antonio's South Side, and the majestic Big Bend National Park (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm) in the far western reaches of the district.
Wherever your summer vacation takes you, I hope you make the best of the opportunity to spend time together as family. As summer continues, be sure to stay tuned for more information on our annual Back to School Fairs which will take place throughout District 19 in July and August.