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Patriot Paddle Out making waves for veterans

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 18:25:52-04

North Beach was the setting for a first-of-its kind 4th of July celebration called the Patriot Paddle Out.

This event was all about making waves for veterans. Dozens pulled together and floated their patriotism by bringing their surf boards, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to North Beach.

Those participating took to the water, paddled out in the Corpus Christi Bay with leis around their necks and flowers in their hands. When they made it out to the water, they formed a circle to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.

With the national anthem echoing over the water, they laid their flowers in the bay, and then there was a moment of silence.

Tricia Aitken, who paddled on her surfboard, describes the moment.

"They sacrificed so much for us to be able to do this today," said Aitken. "It was awesome. I had a great time."

An event like this hit close to home for many, especially Sarah Banda, an event organizer and director for USO South Texas. Her husband served in the military for 26 years.

"Just take a moment to remember our service members and to thank them for giving us this holiday, because without their sacrifices we wouldn't be able to celebrate," said Banta.

The Patriot Paddle Out was put on by a partnership between the Texas Surf Museum, the U.S.S Lexington Museum, and the USO South Texas. Event organizers say they plant to have another paddle out next July 4.