At the Bulverde City Council meeting last week, Mayor Sarah Stevick stood before a patriotic backdrop of Old Glory-hued balloons and streamers saying she felt very honored and humbled. Addressing an audience of community members and military personnel Stevick said, “Council and myself simply want to say thank you.”
Calling each service member by name, Stevick presented certificates to former and active duty personnel and family members.
The mayor offered special recognition to John and Ruth Holler because of the ultimate sacrifice given by their son Luke Holler who was killed by a 2006 roadside bomb in Iraq.
Mayor Stevick hugged the parents of the fallen Marine and expressed her appreciation. Ruth Holler spoke to the audience and said that her family had been blessed by support from the community.
Veterans and auxiliary members from the Walton F. Hoffman Memorial Unit 179 in New Braunfels were next to present acknowledgment. Post Commander Walt Myers said to the Holler family, “As veterans, we will never forget the price you paid for freedom.”
The auxiliary members and veterans presented John and Ruth Holler with a Gold Star Banner symbolizing a family member fallen while serving in the armed forces. Auxiliary President Sandi Schendel said, “Let us first present the Gold Star Banner to the family of Luke Holler who made the supreme sacrifice for his family and his country.”
Blue Star Banners were then presented to families with active duty personnel. The Blue Star Banner can have up to five stars signifying the number of family members currently active. Displayed in the front window of the home, the banner symbolizes a family’s pride and serves as a reminder of the price for preserving freedom.
Hoffman further expressed gratitude to those who serve in the military by saying that without today’s all volunteer force, the images we see on television could very well be on our own soil instead of overseas. Schendel said of those deployed, “Please keep these family members in your hearts and in your blessings, and pray for their safe return.”
Combined lists provided by the City of Bulverde and Unit 179 recognize the following active duty personnel: Charles Cervin, Steven Dvorak, John Hamilton, Brett Nicholas Hough, Michael McNeil, Christopher Stevick (the mayor’s son), Troy Lee Vaughn, Dana T. Watson, and Shannon Michael Whitehead.