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November 4th, 2009
Veterans to be honored with parade and more

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz honored veterans who will lead the Veterans Day Parade Saturday in San Marcos. Front Row, left to right: Narvaiz, US Air Force veteran Robert L. Dentino,  U.S. Army veteran Dick Hammond,  U.S. Army-Air Force veteran Thomas P. Ivarra, Sr.,  and  Parks and Recreation’s Heather Powdrill,  Middle row, left to right: Councilmember Pam Couch, Parks and Recreation manager Lisa Morris, U.S. Marines veteran Alan Cameron, Grand Marshal U.S. Army veteran George W. Kumpe, U.S. Army veteran Thomas C. Ivarra, Jr., and Pat Murdock of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. Back row, left to right: Fidencio Leija, Councilmembers Kim Porterfield and Gaylord Bose, Commander American Legion Post 144 Tom Tvrdik,  and Councilmembers Chris Jones and Fred Terry. Photo by Don Anders.


The City of San Marcos will celebrate Veteran’s Day Saturday with a variety of activities. The public is invited to join a city-wide salute to military veterans.

There will be free biscuits and gravy on the courthouse square starting at 8:30 a.m. Serving will continue until the food is gone. Hosting the breakfast are the San Marcos Main Street Program and Cafe on the Square. The first 200 youngsters who show up at the courthouse and find Uncle Sam will win a free patriotic prize.

Kids ages five and older are invited to bring their bicycles to the courthouse lawn from 9-10 a.m. San Marcos Kiwanis Club members will help youngsters decorate their bikes with free flags and streamers so that they can be part of the Kiwanis Club’s Kids Bicycle Brigade in the parade. Club members will also serve as parade escorts. Bicycles, with and without training wheels, and scooters are welcome.

The San Marcos Veterans Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. The parade route will include passing by a portion of the downtown courthouse square. San Marcos Parks and Recreation manager, Lisa Morris, has led the organizational efforts for the parade. She says there are currently more than 78 entries for the parade and they are still coming in.

Check-in for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Hopkins Street in front of the San Marcos Public Library.  Hopkins Street will be closed to through traffic between Charles Austin Drive and Fredericksburg Street.  The parade will travel on Hopkins Street towards the Hays County Courthouse. After passing the courthouse, it will turn right onto Fredericksburg Street, then right onto Hutchison Street, travel down Hutchison and turn right onto C.M. Allen Parkway.  The parade will turn left on to Hopkins Street and the line-up area for disbanding.

Leading the parade will be grand marshal George Kumpe, who earned two purple hearts while serving in the army in Vietnam.  Kumpe will ride in a 1959 Edsel convertible provided by Dick’s Classic Car Museum of San Marcos.

For the second year in a row, a community-wide call for nominations of local veterans for grand marshall resulted in the nomination of ten men and one woman with impressive military and community service records.  A nonpartisan committee selected Kumpe after reviewing the nominations.

Seven of the remaining ten grand marshal nominees are expected to serve in an honor guard, riding on a float immediately behind Kumpe.

Invited to participate in the honor guard are nominees U. S. Air Force veteran Lt. Col. Robert L. “Bob” Dentino, U.S. Army veterans Richard Cruz, Thomas Ivarra Sr. and Thomas Ivarra Jr. and U.S. Marine Corps veterans Tom L. Bambrick, George Boemerman and Dr. Dick E. Hammond.  Captain Bettye G. Nagy,  U.S. Navy veteran and the first female grand marshal nominee, will be driving her own vehicle and representing the Retired Officers Association.  Nominee Dr. Theodore Dake Jr., a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, is out of town attending a professional conference.

Nominee Alan Cameron, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, will be the parade master of ceremonies.

Further Veterans Day activities include viewing some remarkable posters at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 North Guadalupe. Fifth graders at Irene K. Mendez Elementary School interviewed veterans and produced posters which are to be judged by representatives of the San Marcos American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Post and Unit 144. The winning posters will be displayed at the museum, which will be open all day Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m.

On Nov. 11, the nationally designated Veterans Day, local veterans are invited to join the faculty, staff and students of Goodnight Middle School, 1201 SH 123,  where they will be honored for their service to the country. Breakfast will be served from 7:45-8:15 a.m. in the Goodnight library. At 8:30 a.m., a special program honoring veterans will be held in the Goodnight Gym.

Texas State University will celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a ceremony on the Quad at 10:45 a.m. The guest speaker will be Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Brigadier General Randall Starbuck. U.S. Air Force retired, who oversaw the preparation and launching of U.S. satellites from Cape Canaveral.

The ceremony on campus is sponsored by the Student Foundation. Local non-affiliated veterans are invited to attend. There will be parking reserved for veterans and their families and shuttles to take them to the Quad.

San Marcos VFW Post 3413 is having a fundraiser for homeless veterans on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Chopped barbecue sandwiches with sides and drinks can be purchased for $5 at the VFW Hall, 1701 Hunter Road. All proceeds will benefit homeless veterans.

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