CC Museum allows Purple Heart recipients to enter for free

Many veterans attended what has become a touching tribute to those who served and to those who will pass through the doors of the museum in the future.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Veterans Day is over, but not the recognition of these veterans.

“We’re making a big effort right now to let our community of veterans know that we are here and we exist,” said Skyler Barker. “A lot of them don’t even know we’re here.”

Barker is the junior vice-commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. His chapter – named after fallen soldiers Andy Alaniz and Roger Valentine – was part of a special presentation this weekend at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. Result: the museum is now a Purple Heart Entity.

“We’re actually making the museum a Purple Heart museum, and with that, from now on, they’ll be offering free entry to Purple Heart recipients and their families,” Barker said.

The Corpus Christi Veterans Marching Band performed for the military community in attendance. Andy Alaniz’s mother and other veterans were in attendance at what has become a touching tribute to those who served. Barker hopes this will be the start of many more moments like this.

“Before we come here, we have one person who just heard about it through our new website and social media,” said Barker. “I just moved to Corpus and it’s great that we are trying to reach out and start engaging people and making those connections. And actually, being able to be physically together is just an amazing feeling.

This feeling was evident as the museum welcomed the military community with open arms. Just another way for Corpus Christi to show its endless appreciation for the military community.

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