Hospital's "Celebration of Freedom" is Wednesday

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

The CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice Healthcare Team would like to invite the community to a "Celebration of Freedom," honoring the men and women who are currently serving in the military to ensure all Americans their freedom, organizers said.

"We want to recognize them because they are out there (for us)," said Lupita Silva, organizer for the hospital's pharmacy department. "The whole hospital has come together for this. It has grown and that shows we have so much love for our soldiers."

The event will be held on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in front of the hospital. Local elected officials and other governmental dignitaries will be on hand to help celebrate.

Some of the guest speakers include Mayor Grace Saenz-Lopez, District Attorney Joe Frank Garza, State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, State Rep. Juan Escobar and Sen. Juan Chuy Hinojosa.

If you have a family member or friend in the Armed Forces and would like for them to receive a blessed cross and a newsletter detailing the event, please bring their address to the ceremony.

If it rains, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby area on the first floor of the hospital.

Along with the celebration, a red, white and blue cake decorating contest will be sponsored by the hospital's pharmacy department.

Hospital departments are eligible to participate. All cakes must be put on the display table in the caf/ by 9 a.m. with judging to be held at 11 a.m. The cake theme is the American flag. Cakes will be judged on originality, presentation and taste. All cakes must be at least nine inches, round or square. Awards will be given out for first, second and third place winners.

During the patriotic ceremony, the United Veteran's Burial Association will conduct a 21-gun salute and will play "Taps."

Beverages and hot dogs will be provided at the close of the ceremony.

Silva said hospital volunteers have been helpful in bringing this event to the community.

"We wanted to do this because we have the freedom that some take for granted," Silva said. "At the end of the ceremony a copy of the newsletter…and a wooden cross necklace will be mailed out to each soldier. This is our way of expressing our prayers and support (for) them."