Honoring the fallen heroes at Warrior’s Weekend Field of Honor

Col. Mike Petrash founded the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor in 2009.

VICTORIA — On this day, the last Monday in May, we honor the men and women who have died while serving our country. In Victoria, flags filled the Warrior’s Weekend Field of Honor to commemorate heroes.

Colonel Mike Petrash founded the Warrior’s Weekend Field of Honor in 2009. The Field of Honor mirrors a field Col. Petrash saw in Sturgis, South Dakota.

“If I ever get back to the Texas Gulf Coast, I’m going to bring that idea with me,” said Col. Petrash. Colonel Petrash recalls sighting 1,961 flags at the field in South Dakota and said the Warrior’s Weekend Field of Honor has surpassed that number on multiple occasions.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of Warrior’s Weekend, a weekend of relaxation for combat wounded Veterans held in Port O’Connor. It’s the 13th year for the Field of Honor. Warrior’s Weekend was originally created for the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom wounded, to get them out of the hospitals and enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating week, mentioned Col. Petrash.

The Warrior’s Weekend Field of Honor Memorial Day Dedication unveiled the “Eternal Flame,” symbolizing what Col. Petrash described as “the undying passion to continue to honor those were killed in action.” A U.S. Navy Veteran, Eric Scarlett, who has participated in past Warrior’s Weekend, was commissioned to create the Eternal Flame, which was an idea created by a Warrior’s Weekend volunteer.

The Memorial Day Dedication included a guest speaker, Sgt. First Class Brandon Lloyd, a retired Army Combat Medic. “For us Veterans that have been there, in a way, everyday is Memorial Day,” said Sgt. Lloyd.