San Marcos City Officials held a flag-raising ceremony Tuesday morning to commemorate the Memorial Day floods that took place in Hays County last year.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, along with city officials, residents, city employees, first responders, and representatives of state officials, stood together in unity and reflected on the tragedies that occurred last year.
“I’m appreciative of everyone that stepped up and truly helped out a community in need,” Guerrero said. “It was amazing to watch so many folks step into roles that typically may have been unfamiliar to them…but did so with a great deal of professionalism and a great deal of courtesy and urgency.”
During the Memorial Day Floods last year, 11 people lost their lives, 70 homes in Hays County were destroyed and more than 1,000 people were displaced.
Guerrero thanked all entities of the City of San Marcos for their hard-work and resilience through the floods and its aftermath.
Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator John Cornyn, State Representative Lloyd Doggett and Texas Senator Donna Campbell were in attendance.
“I would like to take a moment to recognize representatives from both our federal and state elected offices that played a significant role in the days, weeks and months that have passed since last year’s floods,” Guerrero said.
City council members Lisa Prewitt, John Thomaides and Scott Gregson presented Thomas Monahan, executive director of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, with a SMTX Stronger Together commemorative flag.
“BR3T is our long-term recovery organization that was established to help us re-build and move forward,” Guerrero said.
According to BR3T’s mission statement their goal is “to assist in the long term recovery of survivors of the Memorial Day Weekend and All Saints Weekend Floods. The Blanco River Regional Recovery aims to help communities develop sustainable, ecological, simple, easy-to-maintain systems to get assistance to everyone who needs it.”
A proclamation was read by Guerrero declaring May 24, 2016 as Flood Victims and Heroes Remembrance Day.
“I hereby call upon all citizens of San Marcos to commemorate the heroic efforts of our first responders and remember those who have lost lives, loved ones and homes in this historic disaster and to show the world that we are truly- stronger together,” stated the proclamation read by Guerrero.
Guerrero said he would add to the proclamation that the City of San Marcos is grateful for all support shown throughout the world.
The American Flag that was raised during the ceremony was the same that flew over the San Marcos Fire Station 5 last year as it was flooded.
As the flag was raised by the Color Guard, Guerrero asked all in attendance to take a moment to reflect on the passion, dedication and sacrifices that were made during and after the flood by first responders, volunteers, city staff, neighbors and friends who answered the call to action.
The SMTX Stronger Together flag was raised under the Texas Flag.
The SMTX Stronger Together movement began last year to assist local agencies in their continued relief efforts. The flags are being sold for $20 at the San Marcos Tourist Information Center.
Trey Hatt, communication specialist for the City of San Marcos, said the turnout for the ceremony was excellent.
“We had representation from our state and national legislative delegations, recovery organizations, as well as residents and City employees,” Hatt said. “It was very moving to see so many people come out to remember those lost in the flood and honor first responders, volunteers and-importantly- the people who have lost so much and have been working for a year to put their lives back together.”