(May 21, 2013) -- On Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day weekend, the Institute of Texan Cultures will present "A Salute to Our Military," a living-history program focusing on Texans in American military service from Spanish Texas through today. Included in the price of regular admission, this outdoor event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Texas soldiers hold a critical position in the American military, both historically and today," said Brandon Aniol, educational specialist at the Institute of Texan Cultures. "Memorial Day weekend provides people the opportunity to commemorate the gallant sacrifices of soldiers on Texas soil and abroad."
"A Salute to Our Military" will be at the Institute of Texan Cultures Back 40 outdoor living-history exhibit. Visitors are invited to explore an interactive timeline of Texans in American military service. Tactical vehicles and historic firearm demonstrations will offer an in-depth look at how technology changed over time, informing life on and off the battlefield. Re-enactors and veterans will work together to recreate the unique culture of Texas military life. Veterans and visitors are invited to share their stories and experiences in the military.
"The combination of both veterans and re-enactors will help to reconstruct the landscape of history in a new and unique way," Aniol said. "This event attempts to recapture the grand scope of Texas involvement in American military service. The Institute of Texan Cultures is the only organization hosting an event this comprehensive and interactive this Memorial Day weekend. You do not want to miss this one."
The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
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