|Posted on 11/14/2016 7:56:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- A little rain couldn't keep veterans or their supporters away Friday morning during the annual Veterans Day Program. The program at Seguin's Veterans Park wrapped up with a message that not only carries on today but for generations to come.
Serving as the guest speaker was TSgt Carlo Carmona, of the 323rd Training Squadron of Randolph Air Force Base. Carmona, a 1997 graduate of Seguin High School, says despite what is going on in the world today, the sacrifices of American Veterans shouldn't be forgotten.
"All the sacrifices that the men and women made, not only from Pearl Harbor and from Desert Storm, but also everybody together -- lessons learned from the previous wars up to now. So some technology might have changed, but as the fighting spirit as a nation that has not changed, nor will it ever change," said Carmona.
Carmona says the most important way to honor veterans is to take advantage of those benefits that stem from their sacrifices.
"We need to exercise those freedoms that we're fighting for. So you need to go out there and hit the polls and vote and be heard. Use those rights that we have fought for," said Carmona.
With the election still fresh in many people’s minds, Carmona says the biggest challenge is to make whatever differences work.
"Having this some kind of divide between us -- I mean at the moment, we see a divide. That's what we always see, but we need to be able to look past that and notice that having this divide, we see the differences of each side, but we can learn the differences of each other and then come together. That would help us out," said Carmona.
Prior to the program, area veterans took part in the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade started in downtown Seguin and traveled to Veterans Park for the annual ceremony which also featured the Guadalupe Valley Young Marines and the Jefferson Singers. The program is organized each year by the Guadalupe County Veterans Council.
The weather on Friday was also not a factor for other Veterans Day ceremonies observed by the Seguin and Navarro ISDs and the Marion Lions Club.