Sunday, July 14, 2024

DUTY CALLS! Military send-off in Tolar Texas

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Elle Rodriguez knew that these young men from Tolar were humble and not seeking attention. However, she believed that the community would want to honor her sons, Jaden (Navy) and Julien Rodriguez (Air Force), along with Alexander Gould (Marines), Tristan Gauge (Marines), and Casey Wells (Army) for their decision to serve the country. Friends and supporters opened the send-off to the public at The Feed Lot in Tolar on Saturday evening, June 22, to meet them and offer well wishes and prayers. Casey and Tristen had already reported for service and were unable to attend. Hope Community Church Pastor Lowell Ercanbrack, who volunteers for the fire department, led a prayer for the young men, and Riley Stephens Memorial Post 7835 members also showed up in support. The event featured entertainment by Hayden Huse, Addysyn Spencer, and DJ Joseph Pilgrim. There was a bounce house for the kids, and the Tolar Volunteer Fire Department proudly displayed the American flag. Elle Rodriquez made sure to mention that local businesses Sno Time, Sandi Beaches, Taqueria Crucita, Wearhouse on 377, Braces On the Brazos, All About Sports, and Dope Spice deserved a lot of credit for help in sponsoring the event.