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Public invited to Independence Day weekend celebration

Submitted by New Braunfels Area Community Foundation

Special to the Herald-Zeitung, June 29, 2018

Now in its 18th year, the SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend will feature a barbecue cookoff, Founding Fathers Memorial Service and live music from the 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own” on June 29 and 30 at the Lazy U Ranch in Seguin.

The event will kick off with the IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cookoff, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

“Teams can still enter the cookoff on Friday, if they want,” said Craig Russell with the SS American Memorial Foundation and Lazy U Ranch. “It’s a $200 registration fee.”

On Friday evening, the gate will open to the public at 6:30 with live music beginning at the same time. Admission is free. Drinks will be sold on the premises both Friday and Saturday.

Visitors also will be able to experience the new Dock of Freedom, a 1,300-square-foot concrete deck that is ADA compliant.

“This is the largest boat dock over the Guadalupe River,” Russell said. “It allows our warriors in wheelchairs to get out over the water.”

A Founding Fathers Memorial Service begins sharply at 3 p.m. Saturday (free admission), and Russell encouraged visitors to arrive at least an hour beforehand.

“We will close the gate at 800 people,” he explained.

The memorial service will be an educational event highlighting the history of the country and will include readings from John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and others, Russell said.

The service will be followed by a potluck dinner at about 5:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to bring “grandma’s recipe” side dishes and lawn chairs. Diners will be treated to the competition- level barbecue supplied from the cookoff.

Russell said the event has continued to grow throughout the years, with more than 25,000 passing through the ranch gate since inception.

This year, for the first time, the event is fully funded by area sponsors. Those sponsors are listed on the website at www. ssamemorial.com.

The SS American Memorial Foundation seeks to bring military and civilian families together by helping to relieve the burdens of family separation and hardships, through direct assistance for basic needs, historical education, and patriotic avenues.

The Lazy U Ranch is home to the SS American Memorial, a living war memorial, and offers a place where veterans, wounded warriors, and civilians can come together in a private environment.

The Lazy U Ranch serves approximately 3,000 active duty military per year.

“They come here for R & R,” Russell said.

To learn more about the SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend, or to donate to the SS American Memorial, visit www. ssamemorial.com.

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Public invited to Independence Day weekend celebration

By New Braunfels Area Community Foundation

Sprecial to the Herald-Zeitung

Now in its 18th year, the SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend will feature a barbecue cookoff, Founding Fathers Memorial Service and live music from the 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own” on June 29 and 30 at the Lazy U Ranch in Seguin.

The event will kick off with the IBCA-sanctioned barbecue cookoff, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.

“Teams can still enter the cookoff on Friday, if they want,” said Craig Russell with the SS American Memorial Foundation and Lazy U Ranch. “It’s a $200 registration fee.”

On Friday evening, the gate will open to the public at 6:30 with live music beginning at the same time. Admission is free. Drinks will be sold on the premises both Friday and Saturday.

Visitors also will be able to experience the new Dock of Freedom, a 1,300-square-foot concrete deck that is ADA compliant.

“This is the largest boat dock over the Guadalupe River,” Russell said. “It allows our warriors in wheelchairs to get out over the water.”

A Founding Fathers Memorial Service begins sharply at 3 p.m. Saturday (free admission), and Russell encouraged visitors to arrive at least an hour beforehand.

“We will close the gate at 800 people,” he explained.

The memorial service will be an educational event highlighting the history of the country and will include readings from John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and others, Russell said.

The service will be followed by a potluck dinner at about 5:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to bring “grandma’s recipe” side dishes and lawn chairs. Diners will be treated to the competition- level barbecue supplied from the cookoff.

Russell said the event has continued to grow throughout the years, with more than 25,000 passing through the ranch gate since inception.

This year, for the first time, the event is fully funded by area sponsors. Those sponsors are listed on the website at www. ssamemorial.com.

The SS American Memorial Foundation seeks to bring military and civilian families together by helping to relieve the burdens of family separation and hardships, through direct assistance for basic needs, historical education, and patriotic avenues.

The Lazy U Ranch is home to the SS American Memorial,

a living war memorial, and offers a place where veterans, wounded warriors, and civilians can come together in a private environment.

The Lazy U Ranch serves approximately 3,000 active duty military per year.

“They come here for R & R,” Russell said.

To learn more about the SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend, or to donate to the SS American Memorial, visit www. ssamemorial.com.

Attendees to a past event support a giant American flag. The SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend has continued to grow throughout the years, with more than 25,000 passing through the ranch gate since inception. Submitted photo

The SS American Memorial Independence Day Celebration Weekend will kick off with the IBCAsanctioned barbecue cookoff, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Submitted photo