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Facts about Military City, USA ®
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San Antonio has long been known as Military City USA, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the US Patent and Trademark Office made it official. | Photo via @neohombre
San Antonio is home to one of the biggest populations of active military + veterans in the nation. As we approach Memorial Day, we are taking a moment to remember those who served our nation and are no longer with us. We are nothing short of proud to honor and commemorate these fallen heroes who bravely served our country.

To learn more about what Military City, USA truly means, we’ve rounded up a list of five things you may not know about this military hub.

More than a nickname

Since World War II, we’ve been called “Military City, USA’’. It wasn’t until 2017 that the City of San Antonio finally decided to make it official and trademark the phrase. We are Military City, USA ®, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) explained

Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base expand across the Alamo City and contributed $39.1 billion to the Texas economy in 2021.

Flag making headquarters

The 210 produces some of the most well-known flags flown across the country thanks to Dixie Flag and Banner Company. Did you know the world’s largest free-flying flag at the George Washington Bridge in New York City? Yea, that’s us. If that doesn’t impress you, Dixie Flag also manufactured flags for at least four presidential inaugurations.

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery expands 338 acres. | Photo via @treywilsonattorneytx

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery expands 338 acres and is the final resting place for many of our nation’s military.

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Photo via @treywilsonattorneytx

Two national cemeteries

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and San Antonio National Cemetery are both resting places for all members of the armed forces. If you’d like to pay your respects, Wreaths Across America makes an annual stop at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery every December to lay wreaths on as many headstones as possible.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 24
  • Southern Smoke N’ Sip Festival and BBQ Competition | Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26 | Noon-11 p.m. | Helotes Festival Grounds, 12210 Leslie Rd., Helotes | $5-$99 | Check out 100+ barbecue masters, 20+ margarita competitors, 50+ car show participants, food vendors, and live performances during this two-day festival.
  • 4th Annual Sunflower Field | Friday, May 24-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio | $11.99-$17.99 | Frolic through a 10-acre sunflower maze while these flowers are still in bloom.
  • Coffee in Color | Friday, May 24 | 7-10 p.m. | Halycon, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio | Free | Come to the Blue Star District for a night filled with food, cocktails, coffee, and open mic performances.
Saturday, May 25
  • The Sunnyhour Studio Pop Up | Saturday, May 25 | 10-11 a.m. | The Good Kind Southtown, 1127 S. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | $25 | Bring your own yoga mat, wear comfy workout clothes, and enjoy a fun-filled fitness morning in Southtown.
  • Summer Kickoff Party | Saturday, May 25 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Palm Heights Community Center, 1201 W. Malone Ave., San Antonio | Free | Ring in the summer season with games, prizes, music, face painting, and a youth pickleball tournament.
  • River Rhythms | Saturday, May 25 | 3-4 p.m. | Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St., San Antonio | $5 donation | Bring the family and get ready to strum, sing, and learn how to play the ukulele.
  • The Summer of Creatives | Saturday, May 25 | 6-8 p.m. | Denman Estate Park, 7735 Mockingbird Ln., San Antonio | Free | Grab your camera and take a stroll with this group of creatives for an AAPI Heritage Month photo walk.
  • Rosario’s Rooftop Summer Night Vibes | Saturday, May 25 | 8-11 p.m. | Rosario’s ComidaMex & Bar, 722 S. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | Free | Cheers to the weekend with rooftop views of downtown SATX, a live DJ, cocktails, good food, and most importantly — air conditioning.
Sunday, May 26
  • Slow Gold | Sunday, May 26 | 8 a.m. | San Antonio Gold, 1913 S. Flores St. # A, San Antonio | Free | Get up bright and early at this all-wheels-welcome car meet.
  • Don Quixote Preview | Sunday, May 26 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St., San Antonio | Free | Based off the novel by Miguel Cervantes, take a sneak peak of this ballet performance and meet the dancers who are in the production at this family-friendly event.
  • Banda MS | Sunday, May 26 | 8 p.m. | Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., San Antonio | $52-$152 | Listen to this Mexican banda group from Mazatlán, Sinaloa with hits including “Qué curse (feat. Snoop Dogg)” and “La Casita.”
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News Notes
 
Community
  • As we approach the two years since May 24, 2022 — when 21 people lost their lives at Robb Elementary in Uvalde — we want to shine a light on ways to continue supporting the Uvalde families + residents. Learn about five local organizations and how you can show support.
Announced
  • San Antonio’s Shea Serrano announced his show “Primo” was canceled after its first season. The coming-of-age production told the story of a fictional version of Serrano as a teenager growing up in the Alamo City. After premiering in May 2023, Vanity Fair named it one of the best TV shows of 2023. (MySA)
Cause
  • Period Palooza is hosting a competition to find its next t-shirt design. Entries must incorporate its mascot or the organization’s logo + name in your submission — either digital or hand-drawn. Submit your idea by Friday, May 31 for a chance to win a cash prize and a goodie bag.
Active
  • The Spurs Hype Squad are holding auditions to join its team for the 2024-2025 season. The group is looking for dancers who have entertained on the court, turf, stage, or the blue mat. Beginning Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m., you can register for auditions during a virtual open call round.
Furry Friend Friday
  • SAPD and Animal Care Services discovered six adorable, three-week-old puppies this week nestled underneath a fallen tree. Though the puppies are too young to be adopted, the bunch is currently looking for temporary foster homes. Learn how to become a foster.
Environment
  • The San Antonion River Authority and US Fish and Wildlife Service began a conservation project of reintroducing 5,000 freshwater mussels into the San Antonio River. Known as the liver of the river, this aquatic species help keep our waterways clean + healthy. Learn more.
Network
  • Hustle and Socialize is hosting its 6th annual conference on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 24th floor of the Frost Tower. This conference is designed for minority women entrepreneurs in Texas who are seeking to thrive in business + life. Tickets start at $480.
Drink
  • Pour yourselves a glass of wine, San Antonio. Sunday is National Drink Wine Dayone of City Editor Adriana’s favorite holidays. Celebrate by visiting one of our many local wine bars around town including Little Death Wine, Wine 210, and Copa Wine. Check out seven more spots.
Sports
  • Let’s breakdown what needs fixing and things that went right after a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Get the latest news, analysis, and insider information for the Houston Astros with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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      Step inside Frederickburg’s newest winery, Halter Ranch, on the 290 wine trail and taste wines ranging from sparkling to reds. | Photo by SATXtoday team
      Ahead of National Wine Day on Sunday, May 25, we wanted to introduce you to the newest winery in the Texas Hill Country, Halter Ranch Fredericksburg. Hailing from Paso Robles, CA, this tasting room is about an hour north of the Alamo City. Bring a friend to take in the spirit + lifestyle of the California wine country, while deep in the heart of Texas.

      What makes this spot different from others on the 290 wine trail? Halter Ranch Fredericksburg wines are made from Certified Organic vineyards. Meaning the wine from its Paso Robles Estate and vineyard partners in Central Texas are sustainably farmed.

      The winery sits on 32 acres and offers selections ranging from sparking wines to robust reds, including the 2023 Texas Rosé made with organic grapes sourced from Desert Willow Vineyard.

      Pro tip: People under 21+ and leashed dogs are allowed but require a reservation by calling (805) 226-9455.
       
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      The ultimate kitchen appliance for summer: the Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker. No ice, salt, or hand-churning required — simply freeze the bowl and pour in your custom creation. We’re thinking black raspberry or chocolate chip…
       
       
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      My family and I have volunteered with Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths on headstones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. We had the honor + privilege to lay a wreath on my grandfather’s, Teodoro Fierros Sr., headstone. He served in the US military (Army and Air Force) during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
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