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    A float featuring a replica of Spanish-made cannon makes its way down the street during the Bandera Honors veterans parade last Saturday. The original cannon was the object of contention in 1835 between the Mexican military and American colonists. The dis

Bandera’s dedication to its veterans was on full display last Saturday at the 19th annual Bandera Honors Veterans event, which featured Bandera’s first parade down Main Street since March.

Many veterans attended and were recognized for their service, including Korean war veteran Charlie Williams and a number of veterans from the Vietnam war.

The Bandera American Legion Post 157 has six members who are World War II veterans. Although they were not able to attend the event, the legion sent each one a card to an event program.

“This is the one event during the entire year that unifies the community in their opportunity to honor those who fought for and maintain their freedoms,” said Susan Junker, Bandera Legion Post 157 Commander.

The event featured informational display booths, an honors program, a parade, and concluded with free lunch for veterans and their spouses.

The program’s keynote speaker, Bandera resident and veteran Scott Gossett, shared his journey of service, sacrifice, pain and recovery and challenged the audience to assist veterans.

The program also featured patriotic songs and anthems from the San Antonio Pipes and Drums.

The parade, which began at noon, featured scores of floats, vintage cars, marching bands and emergency vehicles.

“We thank everyone who participated, whether in the program or parade, or showed their respect as a spectator,” said Junker. “We appreciate the support of the local government, businesses and other nonprofit organizations.”