San Marcos residents are invited to join the City of San Marcos for a Veterans Day Ceremony at 12PM on Tuesday, November 11 at Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road, to honor and thank the community’s hometown veteran heroes.
The program will celebrate local veterans though a formal military ceremony preceded by a $5 lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s and followed by a traditional reception with complimentary coffee and tea provided by Old California Coffee Company.
The military ceremony will feature the Presentation of Colors by the Camp Pendleton United States Marine Corps and musical performances by Doreen Treadwell, Fred McDowell, Cameron Hamnquist 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.
The commemoration’s keynote address, led by historian Dr. Linda Dudik, will pay special tribute to WWII veterans in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Battle for Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating with her doctorate in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Linda spent 34 years as a professor at Palomar College, teaching classes such as American Involvement in the Vietnam War and the World War II Generation. She currently works with members of that generation to preserve their stories.
Four local WWII veteran guest speakers—Army Veteran Howard Sharpell and Navy Veterans Bob Watson, Dorothy Farmer Roosvall and LCDR E.A. “Scotty” Romine, USN (Ret.)—will also share their wartime experiences.
Admission to this special event is free, but seating and parking are limited so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and carpool. Military veterans and active duty personnel are invited to attend in uniform.