Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veteran's Day Parade in San Marcos, Texas

Veteran's Day-,November 2012
San Marcos, Texas
San Marcos, Texas--downtown on the square. This is one of the restored Nineteenth Century buildings, Harpers's Hall. It's now a popular coffeehouse and sandwich shop.
Hello, from Celia! I don't know the little girl, but we enjoyed the parade together.
Mounted Color Guard from San Marcos Baptist Academy. One riderless horse to represent those our country has lost.
Grand Marshal. Don't you love that vintage car?
San Marcos Academy marching Color Guard.
The first Company of four of the Corps of Cadets at San Marcos Academy.
Large crowd in downtown, some looking skyward for the flyover of a group of four
WWII prop-driven fighter planes. They were very loud, and very exciting. But we did not get a photo. Additional entries in the parade were the San Marcos High School marching band, a large group that stopped right in front of us and played songs from all the branches of the military.
Also: 4-H groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, old jeeps, and the usual firetrucks and police cars.
The finale:
Miss Outstanding Teen of the Texas Hill Country.
What would a Texas parade be without a baton twirler? She twirled three at once, and several times did a flip and still caught the batons, and did high kicks, too. Amazing young woman.
I hope you enjoyed a parade or celebration, too. It was very uplifting to see all the patriotism and smiling faces.


  1. Nice pics. As I was reading through your blog, I'm thinking, did I miss Veteran's Day? But it is actually Sunday, Nov 11, so I haven't totally been an ostrich in the sand. Always a pleasure to visit here, Celia!

  2. Actually, it's Monday, isn't it? It's on the calendar as Monday, the 12th. But is it really the 11th, and they give the 12th off? I'm so confused.

  3. It was fun---I saw a lot of people I know--in the parade, and as watchers.

  4. It looks like a great day for a parade. Glad you had such a great time.

  5. Great photos, Celia! I've just been watching the Remembrance Day ceremony in London - much more formal than your parade, with two minutes silence and then the royal family, and government and army officials all laying wreaths of poppies at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Our Remembrance Day is always the Sunday nearest to November 11th - and today of course, it took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

  6. Great photos - though I was so dazzled by the blueness of the sky in the first, I had to look twice at the rest!
    I loved Harper's Hall and the old car in particular.
    I can't get over how warm it looks. November here is guaranteed shiver-weather!
    Thanks, Celia. Very interesting.

  7. Maggie--the calendar say's Veteran's Day is Monday the 12th--which I know is wrong because it's the 11th--D-DaY-the 11th month, the 11th day, the 11th hour, the 11th minutes. I suppose it's on the calendar as the 12th because that's the off day for many people.
    Thanks for coming by...

  8. Lisa--it was fun--I love to watch the children watching the parade. A tiny boy stood in front of me for a while, and when the speakers blared out music, he would wiggle his little butt with his arms in the air. His feet never moved.
    Thanks for visiting--come by anytime.

  9. Hi, Paula--local parades are generally loud and fun, very festive. At the War Memorial just on the edge of downtown, there will be a formal ceremony today.
    And Washington D.C. will have proper ceremonies and silence, too, and many dignitaries will be there--the president on down. Probably some visiting political people, too--perhaps even from the UK. Big deal here, too, although we don't have royalty.
    This afternoon, I'll watch some programs on tv.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. LYN--the sky is bright blue in calm weather. And yesterday, it was just gorgeous. When the WWII planes buzzed downtown, one veered off, leaving a trail of smoke, and it was spectacular. I wonder how many people in the crowd realized what that signified.
    It wasn't warm, it wasn't cool--just very medium. Some people wore sweaters, others wore shorts and flip-flops. That's the way it is most of the time.
    Thank you for commenting.

  11. Great pictures. It looks like everyone had a great time.

  12. Celia,
    Thank you for sharing your parade with us. We had a nice one here in Waukesha, but it was a bit chilly here in Wisconsin. We had fireworks last night, too.

  13. Thanks for visiting, Susan. Yes, everyond seemed to be having a great time.

  14. Ilona--Wisconsin--yes, much colder there. We're to get a cold front tonight--the temperature might drop down to 50! Imagine that.
    Thanks for stopping by--come anytime.

  15. Hi Celia, Nice pictures. I'm glad you had a great time and wish I'd been there. Paula, I was in England for one of your Remembrance Days and it was very moving with the laying of the wreaths of poppies. I believe the poem "In Flanders Field"mentnions that that doesn't it?

  16. Celia, thank you so much for sharing your pics! I'm planning on taking my boys up to Castaic Lake for a BBQ tomorrow. I love the pic of you and the little girl it's adorable. I loved the vintage car and the facade of the 1900's building. I think the captures of the heart of the "old" west.


  17. A P.S. from me - our local parades are as sombre and formal as the main one in London, Celia. I've marched in quite a few in the past (when I was involved with Girl Guides).
    And Linda is right, the red poppy was chosen as the symbol of remembrance because of John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Fields.