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November 10th, 2011
Veterans honor guard to lead parade

Left to right, front: Honor guard members Bernadette Adams, Jerrie Badger, and Jerry Soto; Sam Tabor and Honor guard member Mike Aguirre; Mayor Daniel Guerrero. Back row, left to right: VFW Commander David Adams, Lisa Morris of city Parks & Recreation, Pat Murdock of the American Legion Auxiliary, veteran James Stuart, City Council Member and Veteran Shane Scott, American Legion Post 144 Commander Tom Tvrdik, and City Council Member and veteran Jude Prather. PHOTO by DON ANDERS.


Four local veterans, representing two branches of the U.S. military with service in three different war eras, will serve as honor guard for the City of San Marcos’ 2011 Veterans Day Parade.

The honor guard will be composed of Jerrie Badger, Mike Aguirre, Jerry Soto, and Jude Prather. Badger was a Women Airforce Service Pilot in WWII. Aguirre served in the U.S. Army during WWII and Soto was in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The veterans were nominated by a nonpartisan committee that convened after a community-wide call for nominations of local veterans.

On Nov. 1, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and others gathered with the four veterans for his presentation of the annual Veterans Day proclamation at City Hall.

This year’s parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Marchers will travel 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 hold its annual Kiwanis Bicycle Brigade. Kids ages five 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.

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