It’s Veteran’s Day in Laredo

The US Department of Veterans Affairs official posterA salute to all who have served.

KGNS put out a short list of activities for today’s Veterans’ Day Celebrations:

Friday:
•8:30 AM Veterans Day ceremony at Jarvis Plaza
•10:00 AM Veterans Parade starts at St. Peter’s Plaza ends at Jarvis Plaza
•10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Free car wash for all vets at Royal Laser Wash
•7:00 PM Marine Corps Ball at Monte Carlo
Saturday:
•8AM-7PM Military Appreciation Day at El Metro Park and Ride
Have a great Veterans Day!

But that is not all inclusive. There are several restaurants offering veterans free food (Thank you Sue & Lisa) from Applebee’s, to Olive Garden (free entree), Chili’s, Golden Corral (on Monday), Krispy Kreme, Texas Roadhouse and many other restaurant and store discounts.

My dogs are going crazy with all the preparation for the Veteran’s Day parade but it is very gratifying to see so many youth dedicating time to honoring veterans.

The convergence of Cigarroa, Nixon & Martin HS JROTCs at St. Peter's Plaza - LBJ was to the left


Courtesy photo with Ms. Palomo and Mr. Diaz de Leon

TAMIU had a morning breakfast and this photo shows my old friend, Mr. Diaz de Leon being recognized for his service. If I get a chance, I will go to the temescal ceremony tomorrow morning and personally give him a hug :) but by the looks of it, I might be at the military appreciation day events.

Later, the Laredo Little Theater will also be performing “El Soldado Razo” by Luis Valdez and “The Wall: A Pilgrimage” by Jan Stuckey. They will be locally directed by Alberto Guajardo. Check it out:
The Mall del Norte will also be supporting local organization, Volunteers Serving the Need which provides food bags for local low-income veterans and surviving spouses. The volunteers will be helping greet Santa Claus who makes his debut at the mall and passing out coupon books to support the upcoming raffle to support the 501c3.

The volunteers will be at the Military Appreciation event on Saturday selling the raffle tickets to support the shoe-string nonprofit that continues to support more and more veterans (the need to provide basic food is going to explode as more veterans return and may not be able to find employment of have other economic issues).

If you are interested in a raffle ticket or just donating your used goods for resell at the VSTN Thrift Store to support the mission, just visit them at 1202 Salinas Avenue or add them on Facebook.
Of course, we can’t forget that during Military Appreciation Day at the Park & Ride, the Laredo Wrestling Alliance will be wrestling their hearts out.


Although I am an LWA sponsor, I will be at the St. Peter’s Neighborhood Association Thanksgiving potluck party, but I will be there in spirit and hoping El Partner doesn’t break any bones in the ring.

NOTE: Another activity honoring a particular veteran’s experience will be held at Studio P-33 (Gil Rocha’s studio):

And if you are in the Chicago area and support no barriers of who can serve in the military, stop by the American Veterans for Equal Rights event featuring my childhood friend, Leonardo (I wrote about him in an earlier post about the repeal of DADT):

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8 Responses to It’s Veteran’s Day in Laredo

  1. Great post! I’m throwing it upon the FB Page! Thanks!

  2. I think the Bucks are doing something- I couldn’t find it on their website or on FB but I’ve heard about something for vets….

  3. Anonymous says:

    everybody should serve!

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  5. ___old soldiers never die, they just fade away says:

    ___ok, here is what you, the LMT and shannel 8 and 12 forgot

    ___Wedbesday, November 9m 2011 – dinner dance at casa blanca ballroom sponsored by sherriff Martin Cuellar, great meal very sparsely attended, more student servers than veteransm music by sound system, primero country (que es eso?) then tejano, all the old vets got up and danced with their viejitas
    ___Friday night, November 11, dinner dance and door prizes at the American legion on Zaragoza on the Riverbank, great music, lots of Veterans and their familiesm great chicken meal and free beer
    ___sunday, all day music and booths at the Civic Center, great out of town bands, hardly anyone showed up, cost six dollars, this Budweiser event was not publicised (sic)
    ___they tell me the park and ride event was sparsely attended, i don’t know

  6. Mike and Jan Stuckey says:

    Mr. Guajardo,
    I am Mike Stuckey the husband of Jan Stuckey, the playwright for The Wall: A Pilgrimage. We’d like to say thank you for bringing the play to your local theater. Sometimes the play has a cathartic effect on a veteran and helps them put aside some issues they have been dealing with for a long time. We hope and pray that has been the case with your production. We hope you enjoyed directing it and that in some way it may have been a blessing to you and the community.

  7. SG a veteran says:

    Hello. Your site is great. Keep supporting veterans, please. Hopefully we won’t have as many if these senseless wars stop.

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