Veterans Day promises parade, memorial ceremony
Nov. 8, 2011 at 5:08 a.m.
Updated Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:09 a.m.
The Victoria County Veterans Council will host several activities throughout Veterans Day on Friday to honor the men and women of the service.
At 7:30 a.m., a flag ceremony will take place on the Victoria County Courthouse steps. Some members will take flags to area cemeteries, where soldiers are buried.
"Our veterans have sacrificed a lot for us," said Dr. Peter Reisz, Veteran's Council assistant coordinator. "This event is going to recognize what they've contributed."
Reisz said this year's festivities are similar to previous ceremonies.
The Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. with various affiliations and some middle and high school bands.
The Victoria County Veterans Council Color Guard will begin on Main Street at Goodwin Avenue, proceed to Church Street and end on Bridge Street at the courthouse.
At the beginning of the program, there will be a moment of silence.
"This is our way to show respect," said Troy Howard, Veteran's Council chairman.
The Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will include the laying of memorial wreaths by patriotic groups, patriotic band music and songs.
Mayor Will Armstrong will be a special speaker.
The ceremony will conclude with firing squad volleys by Catholic War Veterans, St. John's Post No. 1269 and taps played by Charles Hauboldt.
Reisz said he's glad to see a growing number of community participants each year.
"That's always gratifying to have people thank us, for what we've done in the past."