Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Navarro Descendants Honor Texas Rangers

Ranger Sgt.Ray Martinez(retired) left; Norman Porter,Sr. right

Descendants of Texas patriot Jose Antonio Navarro honored brothers, Capt.Tom Mather Ross and Alex Ross, Texas Rangers, on April 5, 2008. Ranger crosses were unveiled in a dedication ceremony sponsored by the Atascosa County Historical Commission and the Former Texas Rangers Association. The ceremonywas held during the Ross, Langston, Mayers reunion. Family members from as far away as Oregon were on hand for the event.

Norman F.Porter, Sr. served as MC. Sandy Westbrook provided an invocation. Retired Ranger Sgt.Ray Martinez spoke, and led the group in the Ranger Prayer. Grandson of Alex Ross, Clyde Ross Westbrook, read an historical narrative and his oldest son, Ross Westbrook read one for Capt.Tom Mather Ross. The Atascosa County Girl Scouts presented the colors and recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Texas Flag. The Ranger crosses were unveiled by Randall Westbrook, Mary Westbrook Bell and Dee Westbrook Ditmore.

After the unveiling, a great meal was provided by McBee's Bar-B-Q. The reunion attendees brought an array of delicious desserts that were enjoyed by all. Many great stories were shared, and the group decided to meet again in 2010.

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