Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8621 hosted the 2019 Veteran's Ball on Saturday, Nov. 9 to honor everyone who served in the United States Armed Forces, past and present.

The welcoming was by master of ceremonies Silvestre Rodriguez, VFW Senior Vice Commander.

Alice Councilwoman Sandra Bowen thanked the veterans and their families for their sacrifice. She also reflected back to her own father’s military service.

The Guest of Honor this year was Hector Villarreal. Villarreal is a native of Alice and served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant and retired Special Agent with over 33 years of federal service.

On behalf of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, Albert Martinez presented congressional flags to the families of Tom Patrick King and Homero Rey Cantu.

Posting of colors was presented by Alice High School Air Force Jr. ROTC. A Prisoners of War and Missing In Action remembrance ceremony took place with a symbolic empty dinner table on display.