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November 1st, 2010
Nagy selected as grand marshal for Veterans Day parade

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Retired U.S. Navy Captain Bettye Nagy has been chosen to serve as Grand Marshall of the 2010 San Marcos Veterans Day Parade.

STAFF REPORT

From a field of six Vietnam-era veterans nominated by local residents retired U.S. Navy Captain Bettye Nagy has been chosen to serve as grand marshall of the 2010 San Marcos Veterans Day Parade, which will take place Saturday.

Master of ceremonies for the parade will be Dan West, chair of the San Marcos Veterans Affairs Committee.

Nagy’s selection pays tribute to the active, but often under-represented, role women have played in military service. “Honoring All Who Served” is the theme of 2010’s Veterans Day celebration.

Including Nagy, the list of grand marshal nominees contained 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 nominees will serve as an honor guard riding behind Nagy in the parade.

“This year’s grand marshal nominees are all deserving to lead our parade,” said San Marcos Recreations Programs Manager Lisa Morris. “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.”

The parade will move down Hopkins Street from Riverside Drive to the downtown square and along Hutchison Street between Guadalupe Street and C.M. Allen Parkway.

The San Marcos Kiwanis Club’s Bicycle Brigade, featuring children aged five and older, will congregate for bicycle decorating at the Hays County Courthouse from 9-10 a.m. Children wishing to be part of the parade may bring their bicycles for decorating assistance at that time. The brigade will join the procession at the courthouse.

In addition to the parade, San Marcos Main Street Program and Cafe on the Square will host a “Salute to Veterans Breakfast” on the Hays County Courthouse lawn featuring the popular free biscuits and gravy. The breakfast will start serving at 8:30 a.m.

There is still time to enter the parade. Those interested in joining the parade or those wishing to sign up for the Kiwanis Bike Brigade may call the city’s parks and recreation department at (512) 393-8400.

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