It looked and sounded a lot like Independence Day on Lakeside Drive here Tuesday, with the Lago Vista High School marching band playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and other patriotic songs, a flag-raising, Scouts, soldiers and dignitaries standing at a podium invoking God, country and sacrifice.
The occasion was a much-anticipated homecoming for Augie Peña, who survived a 2009 Iraq deployment and then was struck by a drunken driver the next year while changing a friend’s tire. The accident paralyzed Pena, 24, who was attending college in Chicago at the time.
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