Brisk wind and a slight drizzle of rain did not stop residents from attending the Veteran’s Day celebration at the San Marcos Activity Center early Saturday morning.
In the aftermath of the Oct. 30 flash flooding, the parade originally planned for Veteran’s Day was canceled because equipment was damaged. Instead, a smaller event took place indoors to celebrate and honor veterans.
Jennifer Mach, special events coordinator for San Marcos, said the event brought the community together because despite the cancelation of the parade and rainy weather, San Martians still came out to show support and respect.
Volunteers served breakfast, sponsored by Krispy Kreme and Café on the Square, to guests as the celebration kicked off.
The event began with introductions by Alan Cameron, a veteran and the master of ceremonies, as well as Jude Prather, Place 2 city councilman.
“(In San Marcos) we take pride and honor our veterans every year,” Prather said to an audience of approximately 100 residents.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero continued the ceremony and gave a speech thanking veterans and their families for giving their service to the country. City officials recognize that veterans should be recognized and thanked throughout the year, not solely on Veteran’s Day, he said.
“The weather certainly has put a damper on our parade, but it hasn’t put a damper on our celebration,” Guerrero said.
Prather and Cameron introduced the parade’s grand marshals, Frank Auten, a World-War II and Vietnam veteran, and Guadalupe Flores, a Vietnam veteran.
Auten and Flores said they accepted the honor of being grand marshal with reverence to other veterans and were thankful to their families and those who nominated them for the title.
“I’m always impressed when I see in our communities the veterans that continue to serve and give back,” said Jason Isaac, state representative of District 45, Hays and Blanco counties.
Isaac was not the only government official in attendance of the celebration as Lloyd Doggett, U.S. representative, came to thank the veterans of the area for their service. Doggett said it is important to remember the American flag continues to fly because of service men and women.
Scott Gregson, Place 5 city councilman, said Veteran’s Day is a great time to bring the community together.
“It’s important that regardless of the weather we remember this day,” Gregson said. “We remember our veterans and their service and what that has done for our country and for each of us.”