Abbott to Deliver Keynote to Texas Republican Convention

Governor Greg Abbott today will address the 2018 Texas Republican Party Convention in San Antonio, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

About 5,000 delegates from around the state have gathered at the Convention Center for the biennial event, where they will consider platform planks, and hear from many of the candidates Republicans have nominated for the November election.

Last night, Abbott spoke to members of the VFW Post 76 downtown, where he was introduced by his brother, Commander 'Bud' Abbott, U.S. Navy retired.

The governor spoke about Flag Day, and said when he sees the Red, White, and Blue, he sees more than a flag.

"The United States flag represents an ideal that no other flag represents," Abbott said.  "That is the ideal itself which is represented in Old Glory."

Abbott recalled how the flag played a role in heroic moments in American history, from the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima in World War II to the indelible image of New York City firefighters saluting a flag they erected on the rubble of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Abbott also cited a heroic effort to protect a flag that was in danger of being blown down by the winds of Hurricane Harvey when it came ashore in the Coastal Bend last August.

"A police officer with the Aransas Pass Police Department saw that the flag was about to blow away, and this police officer raced out to grab and protect our United States flag."

Abbott also distributed 'challenge coins,' a military tradition, to the men and women who are currently in uniform and veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

PHOTO: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

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