Schools and organizations throughout New Braunfels and Comal County will pay homage to veterans throughout the weekend – including Veterans Day on Sunday – and early next week.
Mostly all New Braunfels and Comal independent school district campuses will be staging Veterans Day activities Friday and Monday, honoring veterans with tributes, programs and dozens of appearances by high school JROTC units.
New Braunfels Utilities is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the Headwaters at the Comal, 333 Klingemann Street in New Braunfels. It will include members of New Braunfels High School’s Marine Corps JROTC, Texas National Guard Col. Charles Schoening as guest speaker, performances by the 36th Infantry Division Ceremonial Band, and CEO Ian Taylor, who will honor more than 30 NBU employees for their military service.
The city’s fourth annual Veterans Day parade will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Organizers are expecting more than 100 vehicles and hundreds of others at the event. Staging begins at 8 a.m. at New Braunfels Fire Station No. 1 at West San Antonio Street and Hill Avenue.
The parade begins at 9 a.m., with participants marching through Main Plaza and down San Antonio Street, and ending in a prayer ceremony at Prince Solms Park.
Eva Lopez, parade organizer, said it will include appearances by state Sen. Donna Campbell; state Rep. Kyle Biedermann; Tejano recording artist Patsy Torres and producer Gilbert Velasquez; JROTC units from New Braunfels and Canyon high schools; and an honor guard from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Others include members of New Braunfels’ police and fire departments and Comal County Fair Association. Lopez said dozens of area businesses are participating through donations.
“I think we’ll have twice as many participants as we had last year,” Lopez said. “We want to get everybody out to honor the veterans — they hold a special place in New Braunfels and every other town.”
Several other events will be held throughout the city during the weekend. On Saturday, the New Braunfels Half Marathon, with 10K and 5K races, begins at 8 a.m. at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, 1178 Kroesche Lane in New Braunfels.
On Sunday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will host a flag-raising ceremony honoring the 1918 Armistice that ended World War I at 11 a.m. at the post, 600 Peace Avenue. American Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll Street, will have a ceremony and dinner beginning at 5 p.m.
Wurstfest will honor veterans during a recognition ceremony in the Wursthalle at 5:30 p.m.
On Monday, community artist, consultant, and educator Rey Gaytan will lead an intergenerational family event honoring local veterans from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 2932 Interstate 35 South in New Braunfels.