It was a special Veteran’s Day for Pearland City Councilman Gary Moore and his family. After three years, son Phil Olvera was home from the Army.
Olvera did tours in Afghanistan during his active service; he will now be one of the front-runners if troops are called up again until he completes his obligations (assuming he doesn’t re-enlist!).
Moore and his family rented the Pearland Lion’s Club building for a small surprise party.
The party soon took on a life of its own once the community caught wind of Olvera’s homecoming. “We are so grateful and overwhelmed,” said Moore of Pearland. “I didn’t pay for anything but the hall rental. People came out of the woodwork to take care of things I hadn’t even thought of. We live in a wonderful city that we can call HOME, even though we have lived in many places.”
A military man himself, Moore and his wife, Christina, daughter Cheyenne and Olvera have had addresses in several cities in Texas and other states. “It wasn’t until we moved to Pearland that both Christina and myself said to each other, ‘We have found our hometown,'”said Moore.
Olvera was completely surprised when he walked into the hall, expecting to address Pearland Lions about serving in the military and commenting on Veteran’s Day. “You totally got me!” Olvera said.
“Cody Rogers is another vet I would like to be recognized for his outstanding service,” Olvera added. “He is a great soldier and was a fellow classmate at Pearland High.”
The Color Guard from the Pearland Police Department came to provide the colors, and Bella Hill, daughter of Greg and Amy Hill, sang the National Anthem, leaving hardly a dry eye in the hall.
Moore would like to extend a hearty THANKS to:
- The Pearland Police Dept. Honor Guard
- Bottomless Pit Cook Team
- Sam’s Club Marketing Manager Jennifer Tinsely
- Sam’s Club Store Manager Eva
- Silver Creek Dental: Dr. Hugh Patton
- Joe’s BBQ
- Councilman Keith & Gabby Ordeneaux
- Ryden Cohen
- James McKendree
- Sasha Costa
- Lisa & Keith Ciaccio
- Stacey with E Glaesmann
- Fotorny Photography
- And everyone that attended to make the night special!