photos by Mark Marquez Photography

Celebration of Service

On Nov. 11, over 350 San Marcos residents joined the City of San Marcos for a Veterans Day Ceremony to thank local heroes for their service to the country. Veterans and active duty personnel arrived in uniform. The beautiful day in Helen Bougher Memorial Park began with lunch served by Jersey Mike’s, followed by a formal military ceremony led by Master of Ceremonies Retired Colonel Greg Rassatt. Colonel Rassatt spent over twenty-five years in active duty Army service, including tours in Bosnia and Kuwait. Several local organizations joined the ceremony, including representatives from the Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Corps and the San Marcos High School Junior ROTC. Musical performances brought the service to life, featuring Doreen Treadwell, Fred McDowell, Cameron Hamnquist, and the San Elijo Middle School Jazz Band.

In honor of the seventieth anniversaries of D-Day, the Battle for Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge, the keynote address by Dr. Linda Dudik was a special tribute to World War II veterans. Dr. Dudik holds a doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent thirty-four years teaching classes on World War II and the Vietnam War at Palomar College. She currently works to preserve stories from the World War II generation. Army veteran Howard Sharpell and Navy veterans Bob Watson, Dorothy Farmer Roosvall, and Scotty Romine, four local World War II veterans, were also invited to share their personal stories.

After the ceremony, residents gathered for a reception with coffee and tea provided by the Old California Coffee House & Eatery.