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San Marcos Veterans Day parade grand marshal Wallace Dockall (center) — flanked by Tom Tvrdik and parade honor guardsman Frank Lopez — were presented by State Rep. Jason Isaac with an “Honor and Remember” flag designated for certain holidays and on days when a military member from Texas dies in combat. Also pictured are Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Jennifer Mach, Lisa Morris, city council member Jude Prather, Alan Cameron, city council member Shane Scott, City Manager Jim Nuse and city council member John Thomaides. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

San Marcos Veterans Day parade grand marshal Wallace Dockall (center) — flanked by Tom Tvrdik and parade honor guardsman Frank Lopez — were presented by State Rep. Jason Isaac with an “Honor and Remember” flag designated for certain holidays and on days when a military member from Texas dies in combat. Also pictured are Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Jennifer Mach, Lisa Morris, city council member Jude Prather, Alan Cameron, city council member Shane Scott, City Manager Jim Nuse and city council member John Thomaides. PHOTO by DON ANDERS

STAFF REPORT

A World War II veteran will lead the San Marcos Veterans Day Parade with a theme of “Honoring All Who Served” on Saturday, Nov. 9, joined by an Honor Guard of two other distinguished veterans of the armed services.

The San Marcos Veterans Day parade route.

The San Marcos Veterans Day parade route.

Wallace Dockall, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, has been chosen as Parade Marshal for Saturday, with an Honor Guard of Frank Lopez, U.S. Marine Corps, and Alfred Sullivan, U.S. Navy.

Dockall is a World War II veteran and served on a B-29 bomber in the South Pacific with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Lopez was an armor crewman with the Marine Corps from 1960 – 1966. Sullivan served in the Navy in World War II and returned in 1950 to start a 20-year career as a naval aviator.

A free biscuit and gravy breakfast will be served on the County Courthouse lawn beginning at 8:30 a.m. along with entertainment leading up to the parade. Veterans’ groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, equestrians, youth teams, classic vehicles and others will participate in the Veterans Day Parade which will begin at 10 a.m.

Children ages 5 and older are invited to join the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade! Show your support for Veterans by decorating and riding your bike in a procession from 9 to 10 a.m. before the parade starts. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a bike and helmet courtesy of Academy.

Kids can bring their bikes and helmets to the Hays County Courthouse lawn where they may decorate with free flags, streamers, and sign materials. Kiwanis Club members will escort the children’s parade for ages 5 & older. Bicycles, training wheels, and scooters are welcome.

The Veterans Day Parade will begin on Hopkins Street at the intersection of CM Allen Parkway and travel towards the Courthouse. After passing the Courthouse, the parade will turn left onto Guadalupe Street, then left onto San Antonio Street, travel down San Antonio Street and turn left onto CM Allen Parkway.  The parade will then turn right onto Hopkins Street where they will return to the line-up area to disband.

The regularly scheduled Saturday morning Farmers Market will move onto the courthouse lawn. Veterans Day activities are sponsored by the city of San Marcos with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and Café on the Square.

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U.S. military veterans Augustine Lucio, Ponte Moreno, Toby Tobias and Phil Steward in front of the Hays County Veterans Memorial in San Marcos. SAN MARCOS CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU PHOTO

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