Annual Veterans Day Ceremony returns to San Marcos Nov. 11


On Saturday, Nov. 11, San Marcos residents are encouraged to join the City of San Marcos for a Veterans Day Ceremony to celebrate and thank the city’s hometown veteran heroes.

Taking place from 9 to 11 am at Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road, the program will celebrate local veterans though a formal military ceremony. The 9 am refreshment hour will feature patriotic displays, music and retiring of the flag followed by a traditional reception with complimentary cake and coffee.

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, who has served more than 25 years of active duty Army Service including hazardous duty tours in Bosnia and Kuwait, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Each year the program celebrates all veterans while highlighting the wartime experiences across different conflicts. This year’s theme, entitled “Celebrating our local heroes,” will focus on San Marcos veteran residents.

Local veteran guest speaker—Ed Bridges, Chief Hospital Corpsman (Navy, Retired)—will share his Navy experiences to include his combat tour in Vietnam, his father’s Army service in World War II, and his son-in-law’s Navy service in Iraq.

Admission to this special event is free but parking is limited so guests are encouraged to carpool. Military veterans and active duty personnel are invited to attend in uniform.

For more information, please visit or contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald at or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174.


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