OTHER OPERATION LONE STAR EVENTS

Jim Conley
  • In early December Operation Lone Star placed 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Brookside Cemetery on I-69 North and another 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Rosewood Cemetery on Rankin Road in Humble. We also mailed Christmas care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

  • Warriors Heart, a rehab facility for veterans and first responders, is located in Medina, Texas. HPD Retiree Mark Caronna is a chaplain for the center. Mark has been aware of my involvement with Operation Lone Star and in February invited me to tour the Warriors Heart facility. I coul In early December Operation Lone Star placed 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Brookside Cemetery on I-69 North and another 100 Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves at Rosewood Cemetery on Rankin Road in Humble. dn’t make the trip at the time so I asked Mark what we could do for him. He explained that a large portion of their rehab/therapy program involved their wood and metal shops. He said they were in dire need of a band saw and a dust collector. Done! Mark put me in contact with the shop manager, an Army veteran, who gave me the information on the equipment they needed. Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Alexander tracked it down, purchased it and had it delivered to Warriors Heart.

 

  • March 24 we attended the grand opening of the Fallen Warriors Memorial Art Gallery located at 13,455 Cutten Road, between FM1960 and Cypresswood. The gallery features work of artist Ken Pridgeon, who paints portraits of fallen Texas service members. It is located south of the Fallen Warriors Memorial, which is dedicated to Texas military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

  • Special Forces Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria March 30. Operation Lone Star placed a wreath at the Fallen Warriors Memorial in his honor. As per custom, we also lowered the United States, Texas, and military flags to half-staff and turned on the red, white and blue lights that illuminate trees in the background. The flags were raised and the lights turned off when MSgt Dunbar was returned home.

 

  • Care packages were mailed to Afghanistan April 14.

 

  • April 16 we participated in the “bag-stuffing” of goodies for the HPOU Stars and Stripes Charity Golf Tournament, and on April 19 attended the golf tournament which was held at the Clubs of Kingwood. The beneficiaries of the tournament are the Assist the Officer Foundation and Operation Lone Star-Texans Supporting Our Troops.

 

  • Thank you to the Houston Police Officers Union, the President and Board of Directors and Members for your continued support.