San Benito Lifestyle

Veterans Day Parade 2019

Hollister townspeople came out to honor those who have served in the military with its 18th annual parade.

On Nov. 11, Hollister townspeople came out to honor those who have served in the military with its 18th annual Veterans Day Parade. Grand Marshals this year were Anthony Caputo, Ed Valdez, Norman Dyke and Jim Dival. The military was also represented by a float from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Auxiliary, and the Santa Cruz Veterans Center.

Maze Middle School sent their marching band, and San Benito High School’s Scarlet Regiment Band also performed. Miss San Benito Rodeo Queen Bonnie Mansmith and Salinas Rodeo Queen Kelsee French made special appearances. Local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also took part.

The San Benito County Historical Society was represented by young men dressed in World War I uniforms, a nod to the displays of recently discovered photographs of draftees from Hollister going off to fight in Europe.

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Robert Eliason

I’ve been a freelance photographer since my dad stuck a camera in my hand on the evening of my First Grade Open House. My dad taught me to observe, empathize, then finally compose the shot. While I’ve had showings of my “serious” work in galleries from Berkeley to Salinas, I find the constantly changing and varied assignments from news organizations to be the most rewarding photographic work. It gives me the chance to capture important moments in people’s lives that otherwise might be missed.  I have recently been reporting on stories as well, which I am enjoying.