Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Veterans Day originally began in 1919 as Armistice Day. Then in 1938, Congress officially made it a national holiday.

In San Angelo, a patriotic community which honors its veterans, turned out strong Saturday at 11 a.m. for the 14th annual Veterans Day Parade. The Parade was organized by All Veterans Council, whose theme for this year was “San Angelo Salutes American Heroes.”

Left-to-right: Ida Ramirez, (granddaughter), Rudy Ramirez (grandfather), Ethan Ramirez (grandson) and Joe Ramirez (son).
Mr. Ramirez, a 12-year, Army veteran, served our country proudly during the Vietnam War (1970-1972). 

Under cloudy skies and pleasant cool temperatures, San Angeloans viewed a plethora of parade floats ranging from—high school bands, classic cars, military personnel from Goodfellow Air Force, to a decorated float by Ambleside School of San Angelo. 

Five Ambleside students re-enacted a photo which depicted six United States Marines who raised a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, (1945) in World War II. 

The Parade start-up originated from W. Concho Street, wound down through E. Concho, turned left on South Oakes, continued until the participants turned left on E. Twohig St. then right on North Chadbourne.

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