|Posted on 11/10/2015 5:56:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Seguin is invited to honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. The Guadalupe County Veteran's Council, which is made up of the various veterans groups in the area, will team up to host its second annual Veteran's Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Court and Austin Streets.
Marlin Howze, of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 61 and member of the GCVC Council, says the group is excited about pulling community members together in hopes of celebrating the lives of all American veterans.
"This is our second year running the parade and so we're hoping to build on last year. Last year, it was a good parade, but the weather kind of turned on us and so it kind of limited people coming out and seeing it. The year is just right for a parade. I think mostly it's going to be sunny and we're going to have a good day," said Howze.
Howze says he hopes that families line up to show their support. He also hopes they take a moment to honor the veterans in their own families.
"Recent studies show that 22 percent of the population either served in the military or are veterans. That's a pretty large group. These people put their lives -- they signed a blank check to the country. 'Use me as you will' kind of thing. We'd like to honor that sacrifice. It's not an easy life for people in the military. As a matter of fact, it's a pretty difficult one. You spend a lot of time away from family and friends. Then your family and friends have to do without you for that period of time. So they're experiencing sacrifice also. So on top of that 22 percent that's veteran, you've also got the family members that are out there having to sacrifice just as well," said Howze.
Howze says the traditional Veteran's Day program will continue after the parade at Veterans Park located at the corner of Erkel and Jefferson Avenue. He says this year's theme is "Women in the Military."
"This year, we decided to bring some more attention to women serving in our armed forces. They contribute greatly and will become more significant as time goes on. Following the parade at 11 o'clock sharp at Veteran's Park, we'll have an event where we go ahead and do the formal honors and we have a special guest speaker from Randolph Air Base, Chief Master Sargent Kathleen McCool. She'll be coming out and doing a little speech and she follows along in the theme, 'Women Serving in the Military.' We're very proud to have her come out here and we hope the city welcomes her with open arms," said Howze.
The parade route will travel west on Court Street and then south on Erkel to Veteran's Park. The Veteran's Day Program will follow at the park beginning at 11 a.m. The Veterans Council consist of the DAV, the American Legion Post #245, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8456, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9213, the American GI Forum Manuel Castilla Chapter and all respective auxiliary units.
Observance of Veteran's Day will also get started early on the Seguin High School campus. The annual SHS Naval Jr. ROTC Veteran's Day program will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Matador Stadium. The ceremony will take place at the base of the flag pole on the north end of Jack Taylor Field.
The corps of cadets will assemble to honor all Seguin ISD service members and veterans. Local veteran organizations are also invited to attend. Serving as the guest speaker will be Michael Garza, a United States Air Force veteran and principal at Barnes Middle School. The program will be held prior to the start of the school day Wednesday.