Parade to start week of Veterans Day tributes

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By Sig Christenson

A veterans parade billed as the largest in Texas will launch a week of tributes to troops who’ve fought in America’s wars, including two major ceremonies and a visit by a half-sized replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The U.S. Military Veterans Parade will follow a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alamo, with dozens of floats, bands, dance teams and marchers passing in front of the Texas shrine.

Old soldiers, their families and friends have been a part of the parade since 2000, bringing everything from floats and motorcycles to Humvees downtown. Parade organizers say an event that began with a handful of participants is now thought to be the state’s biggest.

It will go on no matter the weather.

“Fifteen years ago, Nov. 18, 2000, the weather was 32 degrees,” said Delia A. Guajardo, president of the association that organizes the parade. “It was sleeting, and it was raining and windy and very cold, and the veterans, of course, I knew, would not cancel this. It was nothing compared to when they went to war.”

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