Victoria Veterans events are ready to go

  • 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:

    Police car

    Marine Corps ...

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  • 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:

    Police car

    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

    V8-DAV Auxiliary

    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

    5-Warriors Weekend

    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

    23-Raisin VFD

    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.