photo by Mark Marquez Photography

The City of San Marcos will be hosting a special Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and thank the city’s hometown heroes at Helen Bougher Memorial Park on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch hour will feature patriotic displays, music, and retiring of the flag, followed by a traditional reception with complimentary cake and coffee. Chick-fil-A will provide meals for $5 and picnics are also encouraged.

Each year the program celebrates veterans while highlighting the wartime experiences across different conflicts; this year’s theme is “honoring veterans who served in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.” The military ceremony will feature the presentation of colors by the Camp Pendleton United States Marine Corps and musical performances by Doreen Treadwell and the San Elijo Middle School Jazz Band. Retired Colonel Greg Rassatt will serve as the master of ceremonies and Anthony D. Leppellere, Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force, will serve as the local veteran guest speaker.

Admission to the event is free but parking and seating is limited. Military veterans and active duty personnel are invited to attend in uniform. For more information go to www.san-marcos.net/veterans.