|Posted on 11/14/2017 7:44:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- The observance of Veterans Day did not go unnoticed this weekend in Seguin. Approximately a dozen floats made their way across town Saturday morning during this year's annual Veterans Day Parade. Among those celebrating our local veterans were both the Seguin and Navarro High School bands. The bands traveled the route along with members of the various veterans groups throughout the community.
The parade which began at the steps of the Guadalupe County Courthouse made its way down West Court Street to Veterans Park located at the corner of Erkel Street and Jefferson Avenue.
There at the park, the community gathered for the annual Veterans Day Program. Both the parade and program are hosted each year by the Guadalupe County Veterans Council which consists of all the various veterans groups in Seguin and Guadalupe County. Taking the podium was Guest Speaker Col. Joel Cary, of Randolph Joint Base-San Antonio.
Cary says Veterans Day is all about appreciation and not forgetting the sacrifices of the men and women who served.
"My primary message is just one of appreciation and making sure that those who have served before us, know that they are still recognized, they're still appreciated and we benefit from their service and their sacrifice through the years. That's the main point that I bring and just hopefully get to meet some of our neighbors and those who have been part of the armed services through the years and get to express that gratitude to them," said Cary.
Cary says this past year, especially, has been difficult when it comes to the debate of how we express that gratitude.
"That word unite or unity, I think is at the heart of it. We're all different. We're all created different, we come from different stories, we come from different perspectives and we're a country that is made. It's a melting pot. We were built on how people come in from different parts of the world, but we came together based on shared ideals, shared values. I think that even today, that's a lesson that we can look back toward among the many things that are different between us -- there are at the core of it are some very important shared values that we can focus on more. I think that the unity that that brings is something that'll help us in the years to come," said Cary.
Cary says Seguin is not only home to thousands of veterans but maintains an important role in the country's military operation with the auxiliary airfield on the city's east side.
"As a unit, obviously, we got the ties to the aux field personally -- (I'm taking that from a more personal perspective -- for a flying training mission that we do at Randolph, part of joint base in San Antonio. Since 1941, we've been operating out of Seguin auxiliary airfield on the east side of town. That's a key part of training new instructor pilots, particularly now in the T-38. It's a resource that we take advantage of and it wouldn't happen without the support of the local community here in Seguin," said Cary.
Prior to Saturday, a handful of Veterans Day ceremonies were held throughout the community. Many of them took place on Seguin ISD campuses. Other ceremonies occurred on Friday at Navarro ISD and in the city of Marion.