At a symbolic 11 minutes past 11 a.m. Sunday, a ceremony will commence in front of the Veterans Memorial Building to honor locals who’ve served.
The sixth annual Veterans Day Parade will roll down San Benito Street at noon Sunday after the ceremony. The Veterans Coalition of San Benito County has held the parade each year.
Richard Herrera, who heads the county’s coalition, said the ceremony honors all veterans but will specifically honor the California Army and Air National guards this year.
“Every year we have a different theme,” Herrera said.
Two barbecues will be held after the parade – one at Johnny’s Bar and Grill and the other at the Veterans Memorial Building for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9242. Proceeds from the barbecue at Johnny’s will benefit the annual Veterans Day Parade.
Those with time before the parade can attend the League of United Latin American Citizens’ 14th annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday’s breakfast will honor U.S. Army veteran Matt Caffiero, who served high-level intelligence in Iraq, and U.S. Army veteran Refugio Chavez, who served in Vietnam.
LULAC will present Caffiero and Chavez its Veteran of the Year Award at 8:30 a.m. The award recognizes Caffiero and Chavez for their service abroad and involvement in their community at home.
The cost is $8, and organizers encourage bringing a veteran. Proceeds will benefit LULAC’s 2008 scholarship fund.