Narciso Gonzalez with the United Veterans Burial Association prepares to present Capt. Juan Briones Jr. the flag that flew at Spohn Hospital Alice's Walk of Honor while he was in Iraq. SUBMITTED Photo

Was honored with ceremony at hospital Saturday

Submitted Article, Alice Echo-News Journal

Capt. Juan Briones Jr. was welcomed home from Iraq Saturday during a ceremony at the Walk of Honor at Spohn Hospital - Alice.

The Walk of Honor is dedicated to the brave men and women in Alice and surrounding communities who are on active duty with the Armed Forces overseas.

On Feb. 5, 2007 Capt. Briones deployed for his tour of duty from Fort Hood to serve the country in the U.S. Army, with the HHT 1-7 Cavalry at Camp Taji in Iraq.

In his absence, an American flag flew in his honor in CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice's Walk of Honor.

The flags serve as a constant reminder to everyone that while Americans enjoy their country's many privileges and freedoms, there are brave men and women like Briones, who are fighting to protect those freedoms, hospital officials said.

Briones is a Physician Assistant who assisted not only his unit but sister units in the brigade and the local hospital in Iraq.

The United Veteran's Burial Association presented Briones with his flag on Saturday for his service in Iraq and performed a 21-gun salute.

Briones was accompanied on Saturday by wife, Flor; daughter, Madelin Ramirez; sons, John, Jonathan and Jerrick Briones; mother, San Juanita Jones; father, Juan and Irma Briones; sisters, Yvonne Briones with her husband Rene Rubalcaba, and Donna Jones; brother, Norberto Briones; sister-in-law, Reyna Salinas, and numerous friends and relatives.