Retired U.S. Navy Captain Bettye Nagy has been chosen to serve as grand marshal of the 2010 San Marcos Veterans Day Parade to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Nagy’s selection from a field of six Vietnam-era veterans nominated by local residents pays tribute to the historically active but often under recognized role women have played in the military and community service arena.
In addition to the parade, the San Marcos Main Street Program and Café on the Square will sponsor a “Salute to Veterans Breakfast” beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Hays County Courthouse lawn. A free biscuits and gravy breakfast will be served at this popular public event.
The San Marcos Kiwanis Club will again have its Kiwanis Bicycle Brigade that will join in the parade procession at the courthouse. Youngsters age 5 years and older can bring their bikes to the courthouse lawn for decorating assistance from 9 to 10 a.m.
Honoring All Who Served is the theme of the Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the City of San Marcos with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations.
Parade master of ceremonies will be Dan West, chair of the San Marcos Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. The parade route will move down Hopkins from Riverside Drive to the downtown square and along Hutchison Street between Guadalupe Street and CM Allen Parkway.
Rounding out the list of 2010 grand marshal nominees were U.S. Marine Corps veterans George Boemerman and Cpl. Marcelino G. Rivas Jr., U.S. Air Force veteran Lt. Col. Bob Dentino, U.S. Navy veteran Lt. Gary Fowler and U.S. Army veteran Mike Alvarez. The five men will serve as an honor guard riding behind Grand Marshal Bettye Nagy in the parade.
“This year’s grand marshal nominees are all deserving to lead our parade,” says Lisa Morris, Recreation Programs Manager. “Each year we realize how many true heroes we have in San Marcos who served our country through military service. Our Veterans Day Parade is just one way to pay tribute to them.”
Entries are still available for the parade, so please call Parks and Recreation at 393-8400 to enter or to sign-up for the bike brigade.
— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS