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October 31st, 2011
Honor guard to lead city’s Veterans Day parade


Four local veterans, representing two branches of the U.S. military with service in three different war eras, will compose an honor guard that will lead the City of San Marcos’ 2011 Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

The honorees are invited to join representatives of our veterans’ service organizations when Mayor Daniel Guerrero presents the annual Veterans Day proclamation in Council Chambers at City Hall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.1.

A community-wide call for nominations of local veterans for grand marshal honors resulted in the nomination of four men and one woman with impressive military service records. A nonpartisan committee made the selection after reviewing the nominations.

The honor guard will be composed of World War II veterans Jerrie Badger and Mike Aguirre, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jerry Soto, an early Vietnam-era veteran, and U.S. Army Iraq veteran Jude Prather, a San Marcos City Councilman and Hays County Veterans Service Officer.

George Boemerman, a four-year nominee and recognized U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will be unable to participate because of out-of-state travel.

“Each year, we discover men and women who are most deserving of special recognition for their service to our country. It is very rewarding just to meet them,” said Recreation Programs Manager Lisa Morris.

Badger was a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. She was one of the surviving 300 WASPs who received the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in March of 2010. Aguirre was in the Army Air Corps.

All five honorees reside in San Marcos. Most have compiled impressive community service records here and in other cities where they have lived since completing their military service.

“They each have such wonderful records and stories to tell about their dedicated service to this country. All need to be recognized and that’s what we want to do,” Morris said. “We hope all the honorees will join us for the annual Veterans Day proclamation.”

This year’s parade will move on Hopkins Street from Riverside to Guadalupe Street, with a right turn on Guadalupe to Hutchinson, right on Hutchison to C.M. Allen and left on Hopkins Street.

In addition to the parade, the San Marcos Main Street Program and Café on the Square will sponsor a public “Salute to Veterans Breakfast” beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Hays County Courthouse lawn. Biscuits and gravy will be served.

The San Marcos Kiwanis Club will again have its Kiwanis Bicycle Brigade. Youngsters ages 5 years and older can bring their bikes to the courthouse lawn for assistance in decorating them from 9 to 10 a.m. The Bicycle Brigade will join in the parade procession at the Courthouse and ride through a portion of the parade route.

For more information about the Veterans Day Parade and other Veterans Day activities, contact Morris at (512)393-8400.

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2 thoughts on “Honor guard to lead city’s Veterans Day parade

  1. That is nice, but why is San Marcos kicking three law abiding veterans out of their home? I saw it on Fox 7 here just a minute ago 11/1/11. 3 veterans living together for 8 months no complaints, and now they have to move because of some busybody woman named Elena Duran, who thinks she knows whats right for everyine else.

    Maybe y’all could ask the homeless veterans to join your parade? Maybe swing by Elena’s house on the route?

    Or you could just go on “pretending” to support the veterans.

  2. Elena Duran (according to CONA rosters) lives in Hills of Hays. The three vets lived in El Camino Real, according to reports. I am baffled as to why someone would file a complaint against people who not only don’t live in her neighborhood but in fact live all the way on the other side of town from her.

    Do you have proof that it was Duran that lodged this complaint?

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