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Celebrating Veterans Day in San Marcos

Across the country, people will gather for Veterans Day events to celebrate the millions of men and women who have served in the United States military. Originally coined as “Armistice Day”, the date November 11th was symbolically “intended to observe the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the armistice of World War I," Congress declared Armistice Daya legal holiday nearly 20 years later. In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day, following a national campaign to have the day honor all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. (Ker Than, National Geographic)

San Marcos has a strong history of supporting its local veterans. Former San Marcos City Councilmember and U.S. Army veteran, Jude Prather, saw a need for local community and joined efforts with other San Marcos leaders to draft “The Veteran’s Initiative”. Today, after years of immesnse veteran influx to the area, dynamic support and opportunities for veterans arepersuasive in the San Marcos region. There are dedicated training programs in the San Marcos Regional Airport, the Small Business Administration offers unique workshops for veterans, and "Boots to Business" workshops also gives insight to owning your own business - and these services listed are merely the beginning.

This weekend, the City of San Marcos, with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations continued to celebrate our military by sponsoring the annual Veterans Day parade. The festivities kicked off at 8:30 AM with a crowd-pleasing free breakfast on the Hays County Courthouse lawn followed by live entertainment leading up to the parade at 10 AM. Kids were encouraged to show their support for their veterans by decorating and riding their bike in the parade from 9 – 10AM as part of the Kiwanis Club Kids Bicycle Brigade. The annual events San Marcos hosts continually prove the passion of the community. Greater San Marcos Partnership and the rest of the city are proud to celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served our country.

To learn more about San Marcos’ strong relationship with our veterans, please click below.



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