May 2016 Newsletter


Don’t miss this coming Friday evening’s May 13th “Freedom Friday” as we celebrate Memorial Day early and pay tribute to the those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country.  Bring your guitar and invite your friends.

This guest list continues to grow daily at the SS American Memorial grounds with support from the local and state community expanding. Recent guests include Texas Wildlife Association Youth Hunt families for a weekend of spring Turkey hunting. The Lazy U Ranch has been host to the Texas Wildlife organization for over 10 years. It was the Youth Hunt program that provided the education and inspiration to the Russell family regarding the importance of exposing our youth and adults to the outdoors.  This outdoor experience is the foundation for Wounded Warriors in their continued healing process, healing that applies to ALL humans – the outdoors is where we ALL can find peace!

Many firsts continue for the SS American Memorial with the recent arrival of Wounded Warrior Rodger and Carol Benton.  Rodger and Carol arrived and parked their RV for an indefinite stay to help with all areas of the ever growing demands of the memorial and grounds.  In true soldier “can do” fashion they have reached out to the local community for donations to complete new flower beds and garden areas.  —- A big thanks to the Benton family for all their help!

The memorial grounds woke up recently to the sounds of the combat VETERANS MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION coming out for a day of R&R.  Over 70 motorcycles rumbled down to the grounds to rally around a newly formed group known as“PREVENT 22” – ramrodded by Wounded Warrior Tim Voss and his wife Justine to create an awareness to the ever-growing suicide rate of our veterans. – Tim is an inspirational warrior that knows first hand the importance of being there for each other in the day to day struggles with PTSD.  – Hooya to Tim & Justine Voss!

PREVENT 22 & Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association rally at the SS American Memorial.
Russell family receives award on behalf of ALL the volunteers and supporters.
ON premises WOUNDED WARRIOR family takes charge!

It’s here!  One of the nation’s last “OLD FASHION” 4th of July celebrations.  Going into our 16th year the Lazy U Ranch will host the 4th of July memorial service with a tribute to our Vietnam veterans. Potluck dinner to follow after memorial service with all guests responsible for bringing a “POTLUCK” dish of your choice.  NO FAST FOODS PLEASE –break out grandma’s old recipe and surprise us.

NOTE: All beverage items will be sold on premises -absolutely NO ICE CHESTS or personal beverages will be allowed on premises.  Cash or credit cards accepted.

Proceeds to benefit the SS American Memorial.


ALL PERSONS THAT PLAN TO ATTEND THE 4TH OF JULY MEMORIAL SERVICE ARE ASKED TO CLICK BOTTOM OF PAGE or GO TO OUR “front page” WEBSITE AND REGISTER.  This is to provide us with an estimated headcount for food.  This is a free event — food will be based on the number of registrations – if you attend and did not register we ask that you wait and eat after all other persons have been through the line. HONOR SYSTEM!

July 3rd  will offer a “FREE” evening dance starting at 5:00PM with two of south TEXAS finest bands playing for your enjoyment.


This year’s cook-off contest will be our biggest with a maximum of (50) team entries available – sign up now as spots are going fast!  THIS YEAR will be our first CASH PRIZE cook-off with organizing and planning run by the TOP Texas BBQ associations directors and staff.  The entry fee will be $100.00

Call or email for additional information regarding registration at 210-559-1377 /

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