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.