CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For many, Ocean Drive is a part of their daily commute. But for Julian Hernandez, on this Veteran's Day Weekend, it was his destination.
He traveled nearly 1700 miles to see the flag honoring his late father.
"We want to honor our servicemen, especially my dad for his long career. 33 years in the air force. Senior master sergeant." Julian Hernandez III said.
To honor heroes like Julian's dad, that's why the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi places flags along Ocean Drive, as a part of their Fall Flags for heroes project.
"We love our veterans. I am the widow of a veteran and we do this in their honor. And all of our heroes." Crystal Mead with the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi said.
Last year, the group placed 660 flags along the bayfront; but this year, there are 1,000 American flags from Ropes Park all the way down through Cole Park.
Each flag has a tag attached with the name of the person it in honor of, along with their sponsor name.
"It can be for anybody that is your hero. so we're honoring the heroes of the citizens of Corpus Christi," Mead said.
"I'm proud of the flag and this is beautiful, all of these flags flying. it's beautiful," said Robert Blackett, an Army Veteran.
Locals come to honor the flags of their heroes.
"Proud to be here in America where so many people laid their lives down for us and I'm thankful that we can be part of it and we love this country and what it stands for and all of those that sacrifice so much for us," said Julian Hernandez III.
Proceeds from this go toward service projects of the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi and funds left over go towards scholarship endowments at Del Mar College and TAMUCC.
You can still sponsor a flag for $50 bucks. Go to https://flagsforheroescc.org/ for more information.