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Residents gathered for pinning ceremony following Veterans Day Parade Saturday

The pinning ceremony was held at El Paseo de Santa Angela.
Credit: Marlen Trevino

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo residents gathered downtown Saturday morning for the 2020 Veterans Day Parade under the theme "Welcome Home Veterans".

Following the parade veterans, their friends and family, as well as the community gathered at El Paseo de Santa Angela, 34 W Avenue D, for a pinning ceremony.

During the pinning ceremony veterans in four groups were presented with Certificates of Honor, was as well as a lapel pin. The groups are: Former, Living American Military POW, Unaccounted For, In Memory Of and Deceased Vietnam Veteran’s Surviving Spouse.

Regina Sorrells served in the Air Force for 14 years and her father, brother and sister served in the Army

She was a Staff Sergeant and was an E5 Geospatial Analyst and trained at Goodfellow Air Force Base.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that people suffered to give themselves to this country,” she said

“I think it’s extremely important to just tell them thank you,” she continued.

Another attendee, Kayla Claycame said, “It’s important to celebrate Veterans Day because our veterans basically signed a blank check when they go into service; for anything up to their life and they sacrificed a lot including being home with their family.”

Claycame said her father was in the military for a total of 13 years between the Marine Corps and the Reserves. “They are the reason we are able to be a free country,” she said.

The honorees were called to receive the pin and certificate as a brief biography was read.