Victoria downtown parade to honor veterans
Nov. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.
Victoria will honor military veterans with a parade and ceremony Saturday.
The annual Veterans Day parade will begin at 10 a.m.
"This gives Victoria citizens an opportunity to show their respect and support for all our veterans," said Peter Riesz, of the Victoria County Veterans Council.
Riesz was not certain when the first Veterans Day parade occurred, but he said the observance had a long history in Victoria.
"The WWII memorial at the courthouse was dedicated on Veterans Day 1949, and I suspect that is when the idea of a formal parade materialized," he said.
The parade will travel from Goodwin Street, along Main Street to Church Street and end on Bridge Street.
This year's parade will feature more than 85 entries, including veterans organizations and their support groups, floats from businesses and nonprofit agencies, marching bands, dance squads and cheerleaders.
A ceremony, featuring Victoria County District Attorney Stephen Tyler as the guest speaker, will be at 11 a.m. on the courthouse steps.
Tyler, who served in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and 2nd Army Infantry Division among other units, was also a Ranger training company commander and a company commander in South Korea.
Often decorated, Tyler attained the rank of captain while active in the Army and was promoted to major when he entered the Army Reserves in 1994.
He has been the criminal district attorney in Victoria County since 2007.
Tyler will speak after the laying of memorial wreaths at the courthouse monument. The ceremony will conclude with the playing of taps.
Another Veterans Day tradition will occur Sunday when members of the Victoria County Veterans Council place large flags at the entrance of more than two dozen Victoria County cemeteries to honor the men and women buried there who served in the U.S. armed forces.