Finished your homemade kite yet? There’s still time. While you’re taking a break reading this blog, let’s talk about all those guys in uniform we keep seeing at the Kite Fest. Who are those guys (and women)?
They’re volunteers who also happen to be members of the Texas State Guard! To quote their website, “The Texas State Guard (TXSG) mission as a branch of the Texas Military Forces is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist State and local authorities in times of state emergencies, with homeland security and community service through Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA).” These are the men and women who volunteer to head into a hurricane or disaster while the rest of us are leaving. These brave folks have worked in hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Dolly, Rita, Katrina, and many more. The list is endless and their service unending.
O.K., so why are they at the Kite Festival? Since the Exchange Club is a (relatively small) all-volunteer organization, and because so many Austinites (a whole lot of us) come down to the park to fly kites, we need more people helping during shuttle-bus loading and unloading, at parking lots, and around the event. Some of our state guard soldiers have volunteered their off-duty time on Sunday to help the Exchange Club keep the Kite Fest running smoothly. Please be sure to give them a big “thank you!” when you see them.
Now, better get back to that homemade kite!