|Posted on 11/10/2017 8:19:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Seguin is invited to honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. The Guadalupe County Veteran's Council, which is made up of the various veterans groups in the area, will team up to host its annual Veteran's Day Parade and Program beginning Saturday morning in downtown Seguin.
Linda Truax, junior vice commander and a chapter service officer for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 61, says the GCVC Council is again excited about pulling together community members to help celebrate the lives and contributions of all American veterans. Truax says she hopes families will come out and show their support during Saturday's parade. She says the parade will begin at 10 a.m.
"We gather -- the line up is on River Street and Court Street. So the parade itself, it starts down Court Street and we head west going to Erkle, down to Veterans Park. The parade, it does not have a whole lot of participants this year. We were really hoping to have more entries. It is a Saturday and hopefully, we'll have a bigger crowd that can come and watch and appreciate the effort it takes not only to be present and show we're in your community, but that we are proud of what we do and what we've done in the past," said Truax.
Truax says the traditional Veterans Day program will follow the parade at Veterans Park located at the corner of Erkel and Jefferson Avenue. She says the program gets underway at 11 a.m.
"On upon arrival, we all gather and we have the opportunity to give honors to our flag and hear from our public service personnel. We will be having congressman, the sheriff, the fire department chief and the police chief. We feel very honored to have them present and (this year's) guest speaker. We're going to be having Col. Joel Carey who is the commander of 12th flying wing out of Joint Base down in San Antonio Randolph and that whole base is involved with America's air power. It's his first time joining us I believe. We're really honored to have him come and join us. He is a combat flyer pilot," said Truax.
With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday this year, Truax says she hopes individuals will come out to take a moment to
honor the veterans.
"I am honored to be a part of the DAV, the Disabled American Veterans here in Seguin. It is such a privilege to hear where the needs are and to be able to help them find the resources to meet those needs. I hope that many people will come out and give tribute to those who are participating in the parade and acknowledge that not only in the past have they given service, many of these people give service to our community today -- not only in helping other veterans, but in supporting other community programs. We're involved with the Veterans Treatment Court. We provide counseling sessions with therapist from the Veterans affairs and all these programs help improve the quality of life for the veterans of our community," said Truax.
The parade route, which begins on River Street, will travel west on Court Street. It will then move south on Erkel to Veteran's Park. The Veterans Council consist of the DAV, the American Legion Post #245, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8456, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9213, the American GI Forum Manuel Castilla Chapter and all respective auxiliary units.
The Seguin ISD today will also wrap up its scheduled events honoring area veterans. Seguin High School will kick off the day with its annual SHS Naval Jr. ROTC Veterans Day Program at 7:30 a.m. at Matador Stadium. The corps of cadets will assemble to honor all Seguin ISD service members and veterans. Local veteran organizations are also invited to attend. McQueeney and Jefferson Avenue Elementary will follow with ceremonies on each of their campuses at 7:50 a.m. Vogel Elementary will also salute its veterans at 2 p.m. followed by A.J. Briesemeister Middle School at 2:45 p.m. Veterans, earlier this week, were also recognized on both the Rodriguez and Koennecke Elementary School campuses.
The Marion Lions Club today will also be honoring veterans beginning at 7 a.m. at Veterans Park in Marion. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony in the Marion City Hall Annex Building.