Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served

Veterans Day

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in the military. We celebrate and honor veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


We invite you to attend programs and events hosted at Texas State University at the San Marcos and Round Rock Campuses, and in and beyond San Marcos. 

Below are many opportunities to participate. 

TXST Veterans Day 2023 - Commemoration Program - San Marcos Campus

Veterans Day 2023
Veterans Day 2023

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

11:30 AM - Check-in with refreshments
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
109 Student Center Drive, San Marcos, Texas
Texas State University  

Free and open to all to attend. 

Hosted by:
Student Involvement & Engagement, Veterans Alliance of Texas State, Veterans Academic Success Center, Veterans Advisory Council, and President's Office.

Lieutenant Colonel William B. Selber - Speaker

Featured TXST Alumni Speaker

Lieutenant Colonel William B. Selber

  • Lieutenant Colonel William Selber is currently the Commander of 451st Intelligence Squadron, Fort Gordan GA. He commands 240 Airmen, Guardians, and Civilians conducting full spectrum signals collection, analysis, and reporting in support of tactical warfighters and national decision makers. Prior to this assignment, Lt Col Selber was the Air Attaché at the United States Embassy Kabul.

    Lt Col Selber grew up in Austin, TX and received his Master of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX and was commissioned through its Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 2004. Lt Col Selber has deployed for over four years to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s conducted operations with 3rd, 5th, and 7th Special Forces, the 101st Airborne, the 4th ID, the French Foreign Legion, and Iraqi and Afghan Security Forces. He’s a USCENTCOM Foreign Area Officer and a previous Afghan Hand. He’s married with one daughter.

Veterans Day at Round Rock Campus

Veterans Day at Round Rock

Friday, November 10, 2023
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Old Settlers Park 
3103 Aten Loop
Round Rock, Texas 78665
Link to Google Maps

Student Engagement and Support at the Round Rock Campus will host a Student Success Table at the City of Round Rock's Veteran Day Celebration. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are encouraged to stop by for give-a-way items during the event. 

TXST Football Watch Party on Round Rock Campus

Saturday, November 11, 2023
1:00 PM - Arrival and Check-In
2:00 PM - Kick-off
6:00 PM - End
Round Rock Campus: Avery Building
1555 University Blvd 
Round Rock, TX 78665 United States 
Map and Directions via Google Maps

Alumni Association and Student Engagement & Support invite you to for a casual watch party vs. Coastal Carolina on the Round Rock Campus! Bring a blanket or chair. Food and refreshments provided. Give-a-ways and items for sale - first-come, first-serve.

Veterans Alliance of Texas State's Silkies Hike


Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Arrival Time: 10:00 AM 
Arrival Location: Specks Garage
1252 Academy Street, San Marcos, Texas 7888
San Marcos Campus

Depart Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM
End Destination: Veterans Day 2023 - Commemoration Program
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Check-in at 11:30 AM and Program starts at 12:00 PM


  • Join the Veterans Alliance of Texas State (VATS) as we hike through the Texas State University campus to bring veterans together with laughter and camaraderie, create a support network for veterans, and provide a day of therapy. All student veterans, military service members, military-connected students, and civilians are invited. 

    Silkies Hikes are a series of events across the nation designed to prevent veteran suicide by bringing veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war through therapeutic events and entertainment. 

    VATS will continue to raise awareness to prevent veteran suicide through the use of unconventional therapy. Veterans are different, and therefore use different methods of coping. In the face of tragedy, a veteran is more likely to use humor and camaraderie as a coping mechanism than anything else.

    More information about the origins of the Silkie Hike: 
    Courtesy of Irreverent Warrior

Visit the Veterans Memorial Garden

Located near the Quad on the southeast end of Flowers Hall

In November of 1989, a Veterans Memorial Garden was dedicated at a site between the Chemistry building and Old Main. The war monuments installed at the site had been gathered together from several locations across campus.

The original site proved more isolated than desired, so the Veterans Memorial Garden was relocated to its current location near the Quad on the southeast end of Flowers Hall in 2000.

The garden was named after Lt. Col. Graham G. Kyle, who helped fund the relocation of the garden. 

Heroes Day - TXST Football Game

Texas State vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, November 4, 2023
6:00 PM 
Bobcat Stadium

First responders, healthcare workers, active and retired military personnel, and families from across the greater San Marcos community are invited.

Veterans Day in San Marcos and Beyond

Veterans Month of Service

Begins November 1, 2023

The City of San Marcos, with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, will host a month of service opportunities for the community to honor all who have served. 

November 1 - 7, 2023
Honor a Veteran - Virtual Submission

November 11, 2023
Veterans Day Parade

November 8 - 14, 2023
Donate to Wreath’s Across America

November 15 - 21, 2023
Write a letter a veteran living in a Texas State Veteran Home.

November 22 - 30, 2023
Support the Hays County Food Bank

Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, November 11, 2023
10:00 AM

Parade will begin on Hopkins Street at the intersection of CM Allen Parkway and will travel toward the Hays County Courthouse.

More information:

Honoring All Who Served the Unites States of America is the theme of the Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the City of San Marcos with assistance from the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. The parade is held annually the Saturday before Veterans Day. The 2023 parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Veterans groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, equestrians, youth teams, classic vehicles and others are invited to join the Veterans Day Parade. There is no fee to participate.

Pre-parade activities will take place on the Hays County Courthouse lawn beginning at 9:00 AM. 

For more information, visit: City of San Marcos' Veterans Day Parade

San Marcos Arts League - Veterans Art Show

Call for Artists and Work of Art

117 N. Guadalupe Street, Suite 101
San Marcos, Texas 78866
Phone: (737)-213-4003

More information:

The San Marcos Art League is honoring Veterans Day this year with a special art showcase including works from local veterans. All submissions are from local artists who are either active military or veterans and make up a wide variety of works including paintings, sketch work, wood working, ceramics and so much more!

Important deadlines:

  • Art intake will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the San Marcos Art Center.


  • Must be a veteran or active member of armed services.
  • Work must be recent (2022-2023) and must be for sale.
  • No sawtooth hangers.
  • Work must be under 36 inches.
  • Once piece per artist.

Veterans Day -- Free meals, discounts and offers

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides a list of business and organizations that want to give back to Veterans by offering discounts, meals, and other offers. 

These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors are aware of all resources available to them. Verify with the organization offering

*The sharing of any non-TXST information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on the part of TXST. This information is being relayed courtesy of US Department of Veteran Affairs. 

City of Round Rock

Veterans Day Celebration

November 10, 2023
5:45 PM - Formal Ceremony
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Family Celebration
Old Settlers Park
3103 Aten Loop
Round Rock, Texas

City of Georgetown

2023 Field of Honor: Veterans Day Ceremony with Keynote Speaker Lt. General Jim Huggins (Ret.)

November 11, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning
507 E. University Avenue
Georgetown, Texas

City of Austin

Veterans Day Parade with Memorial Ceremony 

November 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ann W. Richards / Congress Avenue Bridge to Texas State Capitol
Austin, Texas

10:50 AM - Memorial Ceremony – Commemoration Program – Ceremonial Bell Ringing
South steps of the State Capitol

City of Buda

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Downtown Buda, Texas

City of Kyle

Veterans Day Parade with After Celebration Festivities

November 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Center Street between Gregg-Clark Park and Mary Kyle Hartson Park
Kyle, Texas
After Celebration Festivities located at Mary Kyle Hartson Park

City of New Braunfels

Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

November 11, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Main Plaza 
500 Main Plaza
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

City of San Antonio

Veterans Day at Hemisfair

November 11, 2023
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
630 E Nueva
San Antonio, TX 78205

Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER the Fallen. HONOR those who Serve. TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

TX0916 - City of San Marcos is a coordinated effort of the City of San Marcos' Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee to place 588 wreaths at the City of San Marcos Cemetary to remember and honor veterans. Wreaths will be placed on December 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM. Texas State University is sponsoring at least 25 wreaths through the Veterans Advisory Council. We encourage you to sponsor a wreath. 

Learn More about Veterans Day

History of the Holidays: History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day - November 11th - Honoring All Who Served

Why do we celebrate Veterans Day? Top 10 Interesting Facts.

Sponsors** and Collaborators*

Applied Arts Advising Center* 
Campus Recreation*
Career Services*
Chartwell’s Catering**
Counseling Center*
Dean of Students*
Enrollment Management and Undergraduate Admissions*
Graduate College*
IT Assistant Center*
Housing and Residential Life*
Office of Disability Services*
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships*
Office of the President*

Office of the Vice President for Student Success*
Round Rock Campus*
School of Social Work*
Student Involvement and Engagement**
Student Government*
Student Learning Assistance Center*
TXST Air Force ROTC Program 
TXST Army ROTC Program
University Registrar*
University Advancement*
Veterans Academic Success Center*
Veterans Advisory Council*
Veterans Affairs*
Veterans Alliance of Texas State*