|Posted on 11/11/2014 6:34:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- You're invited to salute an American Veteran in downtown Seguin. Both a Veterans Day parade and ceremony are planned for this morning. The events are being hosted by the Guadalupe County Joint Veterans Organization. Taking the lead in organizing the events this year are the Manuel Castilla Chapter of the American GI Forum and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 61.
This will be the first time that the groups will host a parade down Austin Street. Marlin Howze, of the DAV, says immediately following the parade will be the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Central Park. Up until now, the annual ceremony has been held at Veterans Park on Jefferson Avenue.
Howze says he hopes individuals and families come out to show their support. He says the organization hopes this year's parade is the first of many more to come.
"The main point for coming out is to celebrate the effort and the sacrifice that our military personnel and our veterans all gave to the country or are currently giving. We don't side step that issue. Everybody probably has somebody in their family that has served the military. So it's not just coming out here and honoring a bunch of guys you don't know. You're honoring the people that are in your own family that served. I mean everybody knows somebody that's a veteran. I can almost bet on it. So when you come out and give honor at these parades and ceremonies, you're giving honor to your own family member as well," said Marlin.
Serving as this year's guest speaker is Col. Matthew Isler, the 12th Flying Training Wing commander from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Howze says the 12th Flying Training Wing is "the source of America's Airpower, delivering unrivaled airpower leaders for the future of the U.S. Air Force."
He says prior to his current position, Isler served as the Vice Wing Commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and as an executive officer to the commander of Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
"He's a commander of the 12th Fighter Wing. He’s got like 3,000 missions under his belt as a fighter pilot. So he's a well seasoned guy. He brings with him his detachment that deployed, and a lot of them were the grounds people that helped keep the plains aloft. They're out there still serving every day for us. They just came back off of a mission where they were serving in country for us," said Marlin.
Other members of the Joint Veterans Organization include the American Legion Post #245, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8456, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9213 plus their respective auxiliary units.
The parade will begin at College Street and will travel down Austin Street to Central Park. The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. followed by the program in the downtown Gazebo.