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WCN remembers a proud and humbling moment
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gary Bourland is joined by members of the Wilson County News staff Jan. 17. Bourland paid a surprise visit to the staff, which included a walk down memory lane to 2004, when the Wilson County News featured him and his unit. (Inset left: The Wilson County News featured this photo in its May 5, 2004, issue. The photo was submitted by the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Bravo Company, including a patriotic, heartfelt message to Wilson County. Inset right: In the May 12, 2004, print edition, the Wilson County News gives back to the troops through an effort with the community to let the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Bravo Company — and all the troops — know how much their efforts are appreciated.)
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we recall one of our proudest moments and most humbling experiences -- an event in 2004 with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Bravo Company.
The Wilson County News has been extremely honored through the years to support our military men and women, and one of our proudest moments came from this effort.
A local family sent a Wilson County News subscription to U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Gary Bourland, deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Bravo Company. Bourland and his unit took a photo of themselves with a copy of the paper, with the message, “Sleep well Floresville, 1st Battalion 6th Marines Bravo Company is on duty. 167 reasons why Bin Laden has to worry.”
We featured those 167 Marines on the cover of our May 5, 2004, issue.
We were so honored by their tribute and the reader response, that we organized one in return. We invited everyone in our readership area to gather at the Wilson County Courthouse on May 7. People turned out in great numbers, despite thunderstorms and severe weather. The photo shoot also was reported by several TV news crews. That special moment was captured for the Wilson County News by Joel Spring of RxDesign in San Antonio. We published it on our front page on May 12 to mark Armed Forces Day, which was May 15.
The message with the photo offered our heartfelt support: “For the sacrifices you make to keep America strong and free, we salute you with heartfelt gratitude. You are our heroes and we will not forget you. On this Armed Forces Day ... as on every day, you are in our prayers. God be with you.”
This event remains in our hearts and memories as a unique shining moment, not only for the Wilson County News, but for our readers and community members as well.
Supporting our military is one of our achievements of which we are most proud. Please join us in recognizing our military families as we acknowledge these memories in observance of our 30th anniversary.
Join us as we celebrate 30 years of news
In honor of this milestone, we will be featuring treasured moments of the past 30 years. We will have special contests, like the “Can’t Buy Me Love Photo Contest” (see ad p. 6B) and others to be announced. In addition, we’re offering free classified word ads. Each month, we’ll feature a different category. February’s category is cars and trucks under $5,000 (see ad p. 13D).
Watch for our Feb. 12 issue, where we’ll feature couples celebrating their 30th wedding anniversaries this year. There’s still time to send us a photo and share a little about yourselves and your marriage. Send your photo and information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, you’re invited to the party to help us celebrate. Watch for details in coming issues of the paper.
Join us as we remember the past 30 years and look forward to the great things still to come!
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