KEMAH — The growth of Kemah’s annual salute to wounded military service members has been recognized by the U.S. Army.

Officials with the U.S. Army, city of Kemah and Landry’s Inc. Kemah Boardwalk were on hand recently to sign a Military Community Covenant. The declaration serves as an official recognition that the city supports the military and its wounded in particular.

“We always appreciate communities that support the military,” said Lt. Col. David Nguyen, the head of Army recruiting efforts for the Houston region. “This is a formal declaration that we acknowledge and truly welcome the city’s support.”

The declaration came in large part because of the city’s annual salute to wounded service members and their families on the weekend before Veterans Day weekend.

The city and Kemah Boardwalk team up to bus several dozen wounded vets and their families to Kemah for a weekend of fun activities including fishing trips, live music, dancing, days at The Boardwalk and a military-themed event at the Boardwalk.

“We feel we owe it to this service members and their families, especially their families for the sacrifices they make,” said Keith Beitler, the chief operating officer of Landry’s specialty restaurant division.

Kemah Mayor pro Tem Wayne Rast echoed those sentiments, noting the sacrifices the wounded service members and their families made on behalf of the country.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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