Victoria Veterans events are ready to go
By BY DIANNA WRAY
Nov. 9, 2010 at 5:09 a.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.
IF YOU GOWHAT: Veterans Day Parade.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.
WHAT'S IN PARADE?The line-up for the parade with place numbers of each unit is as follows:
Marine Corps League Color Guard
Air Force JROTC Color Guard
Banners of the Victoria County Veterans Council
V1-American Legion, Leon Zear Post 166
V2-American Legion, Post 166 Auxiliary
V3-CWV St. John's Post 1269
V4-CWV St. John's Post 1269 Auxiliary
V6-VFW Post 4146 Auxiliary
V7-DAV, Texas Chapter 169
V9-Military Order of the World Wars, Crossroads Chapter
V10-EX-POW, Crossroads Chapter 1
V12-Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 898
V13-Korean War Veterans, Chapter 223
V14-Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
1-Victoria West HS Cheerleaders
2-Victoria West HS Band
3-Victoria West HS Dance Team
4-Air Force JROTC,VISD
6-Miss Victoria Court
7-George Overton Stoner Camp 1000, SVC
8-Retama Manor South
9-Victoria East HS Dance Team
10-Victoria East HS Band
11-Victoria East Titans Cheerleaders
12-Victoria East HS eastatic hip hop team
13-Texas Veteran Commission
14-Victoria Model "A" Ford Club
15-Cub Scout Pack 364, OLV
16-Victoria County Retired Teachers Association
17-Victoria Veterans Service Officer
18-Patti Welder Dance & Drill Team
19-Patti Welder Band & Choir
20-Victoria Strutters, Debbie Green School
21-Texas Army National Guard
22-Victoria Boulevard Lions Club
24-Howell Middle School Band
25-Gold Wing Road Riders
26-Cade Middle School Bulldog Band
27-City of Victoria Environmental Service Department
28-Lone Tree VFD
29-Victoria County Republican Women's Club
30-Victoria Fire Department
31-American Red Cross
32-Antique Automobile Club of America
33-Cub Scout Pack 104, Vickers Elementary
34-Nazareth Academy Cheerleaders & Drill Team
35-Nazareth Academy Band
36-DAR, Guadalupe Victoria Chapter
37-Victoria County Senior Citizen Association
38-Victoria College Treasures Dance Team
39-Stroman Middle School Band
40-Stroman Middle School Pom-Pom Squad
41-Victoria Livestock Show Queen & Court
42-Texas Army National Guard
43-Cal-Com Federal Credit Union
44-US Postal Service
45-OLV Dance Team and Cheer Leaders
46-El Amin Shrine Fire Patrol
47-DeLeon Elementary Fifth Grade Choir
48-Knights of Columbus
49-Golden Crescent CASA
50-Texas Nursing & Rehabilitation
Victoria residents are gearing up to honor veterans on Thursday.
"It's in recognition of what they've done and what they're doing for us," Victoria County Veterans Council member Peter Riesz said. "These guys are putting their lives on the line every day for us, and we think it's important to remember that."
The veterans council organizes the Veterans Day events each year.
This year's Veterans Day celebration will begin with a flag blessing ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on the steps of the Victoria County Courthouse, 111 N. Glass Street.
The Rev. Stan De Boe, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, will bless the assembled flags.
Teams of veterans will then place the flags at 32 city and county cemeteries, Riesz said.
Those scheduled to march in the Veterans Day Parade will begin assembling at 8 a.m. There are 70 entries in the parade this year, Riesz said.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North Street.
The parade, complete with color guard, will go down North Street, turning right at Ben Wilson Street and return to the community center.
Parking will be available at Stroman Middle School.
The parade will be followed by the Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the community center.
State Rep. Geanie Morrison is scheduled to speak at the ceremony and Gary Moses will emcee the event, Riesz said.
Those attending the celebration will also hear the Toast of the Coast Barbershop Chorus perform the national anthem and other selected songs.
The Victoria West High School band is also scheduled to perform for the celebration.