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Meet Grand Marshal

Nate Boyer

Nate Boyer is a renaissance man. The former Army Green Beret is a world traveler, philanthropist, community leader, student-athlete and former professional athlete for the Seattle Seahawks. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, he received 15 collegiate football honors for his time both on the field as a long snapper and off for his charitable involvement, academic achievements and community service. Boyer has embarked on a wealth of colorful adventures and life-changing experiences. He has backpacked solo throughout much of Europe and Central America, worked for a year on a fishing boat in San Diego, was a big brother and mentor for children diagnosed with Autism, and volunteered at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of Sudan/ Chad border. Every year he climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro with wounded veterans and former NFL players to raise money for clean water wells in Tanzania. He also co-founded the nonprofit MVP (Merging Vets & Players) which helps combat veterans and former professional athletes find purpose once the uniform comes off. We hope Nate’s “Anything is Possible” approach will inspire others to lead a purpose driven life.”

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Dear Parade Attendees and Participants For more than a century, Budweiser and its wholesalers have supported our nation’s military and its service men and women past, present and future. As San Antonio’s local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler, Silver Eagle Distributors is proud to be part of these efforts and support local initiatives that celebrate our men and women in uniform. Today’s parade provides all of us the opportunity to say thank you to the members of our armed forces, their families and our veterans, who all give so greatly to our community and our country. Silver Eagle is proud to sponsor today’s festivities and thanks the San Antonio River Walk Association for putting together an event that allows all of us here locally, and those watching around the world, to offer our gratitude to these brave men and women. On behalf of Budweiser and Silver Eagle Distributors, I want to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country for the sacrifices they make on behalf of the American people every day. Thank you for joining us in support of our troops and veterans. We hope you enjoy the parade and God Bless America! Sincerely, John L. Nau, Ill Chairman and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors

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CELEBRATE MILITARY CITY, U.S.A. Grand Marshal, Nate Boyer Visit San Antonio

Visit San Antonio Visit San Antonio is proud to celebrate the men and women of America’s Armed Forces. Tourism creates jobs, spurs business development and funds city projects. This means more jobs, opportunities, and amenities for the many veterans and military personnel who live and work in San Antonio. With the beautiful River Walk, World Heritage Missions, some of the best food around, and special deals for military members, our city offers many ways to make unforgettable memories. VisitSanAntonio.com Grand Marshal, Nate Boyer Boyer is a former Army Green Beret, a world traveler, philanthropist, community leader, student-athlete and former professional athlete for the Seattle Seahawks. Every year he climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro with wounded veterans and former NFL players to raise money for clean water wells in Tanzania. He also co-founded the nonprofit MVP (Merging Vets & Players) which helps combat veterans and former professional athletes find purpose once the uniform comes off.



Fort Sam Houston is the home for five senior Army commands: United States Army North (Fifth Army); United States Army Medical Command; United States Army Installation Management Command; United States Army South; and the United States Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command. Fort Sam Houston is also the home of military medicine as nearly every service member that works in the medical profession is trained here at the fort’s Brooke Army Medical Center, one of the world’s preeminent medical facilities for patient care and research.

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Texas A&M-San Antonio

Texas A&M-San Antonio is one of the fastest growing universities in the state. A&M-SA is a military embracing institution with the unique Patriots’ Casa, a stand-alone building that assists the military community with the transition to academic life. A&M-SA is the 1st Purple Heart University in San Antonio and offers the lowest tuition rates out of any four-year university in the city. Take a tour of the beautiful campus at becomeajaguar.com



Opened in 1931, RAFB was named after Captain Willian Randolph who perished in a crash. It serves as headquarters of the Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force Personnel Center.



City of Gonzales Chamber of Commerce

Whether you are here to follow the Independence Trail, visit historic sites, see the wildflowers, shop for antiques, or try our famous BBQ, we invite you to Gonzales! GonzalesTexas.com





Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Antonio’s mission is to seek out and find the highest quality young men and women to take up the challenge to earn the title of a United States Marine. To continue maintaining the high Marines Corps and Department of Defense quality standards and attain a diverse entrylevel population representative of national demographics, we strive to enlist only the best and the brightest youth of America. We seek individuals who are mentally, morally and physically qualified to be transformed into Marines and foster our “Elite Warrior” culture. Each applicant must embrace our core values of honor, courage, and commitment. We are not taking applications, only commitments. This philosophy is our ethos.




WOAI, KABB & KMYS are the local NBC, FOX, and CW network broadcast affiliates for San Antonio. Their mission is to provide the best in entertainment, local news/weather & sports and to be an active involved member of the community. They are proud to sponsor and air this parade on KMYS CW35. With award-winning local newscasts, your favorite shows and sports, and impactful advertising opportunities for clients, it is their privilege to serve viewers and customers. News4sa.com, foxsanantonio.com, CW35.com  


FORT SAM HOUSTON San Antonio River Walk Association Royalty

SARWA is proud to honor veterans who serve our country through the production of the 7th Annual Armed Forces River Parade. Formed in 1968, SARWA promotes, protects and preserves the San Antonio River Walk by producing 25 annual special events and publishing RIO Magazine, the official magazine of the San Antonio River Walk. Riding on the float is River Walk royalty, King Ernie Zuniga, Queen Breanna Barrs and their royal court. TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com

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SAMMC (San Antonio Military Medical Center) Dreams Fulfilled Through Music

DFTM began in 1999 as a Senior Girl Scout Gold Award project by founder Kathryn Marie Archuleta. The service pioneers the development of creative teaching for students with all types of disabilities through music therapy or a program of adaptive teaching strategies in private lessons. DFTM’s goal is to identify qualified teachers and therapists to provide services resulting in the joy of making music to those with special challenges. Dreamsfulfilledthroughmusic.org



America’s Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that. They are there now. And they will be there tonight while you sleep. Did you know that 10% of the Navy’s Sailors are from Texas? Your Navy also has a strong presence here in Military City, USA. There are 11 Navy commands and activities located across San Antonio, and the number continues to grow. These 11 commands have over 10,000 Sailors and Navy student Sailors. Navy.com


YELLOW RIBBONS iHeart Media – KJ97

KJ97 is San Antonio’s #1 radio station for new country. Playing the best from Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and more! You can catch Randy, Jamie, and JoJo every weekday from 5-10 a.m. KJ97 has a strong, long-lasting partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where we helped raise half a million dollars in 2017. You can find KJ97.3 and on iHeart Radio. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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ERAS SIDE BY SIDE City of Universal City

Located just Northeast of San Antonio, Universal City is known as the Gateway to Randolph AFB. Since its inception in 1960, Universal City is known for its commitment to excellence, a forward-thinking approach to municipal services, and its dedication to honoring the United States Armed Forces. Mayor Pro-Tem Dick Neville, Councilman William Shelby, and Councilman Bear Goolsby proudly represent Universal City today in the 2018 Armed Forces River Parade. UCTX.gov



St. Philip’s College

St. Philip’s College Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition this float features six of the twelve life-size bronze sculptures that appear at the San Antonio Convention Center. The six heroes on the float, from front to rear are Sam Houston, Jose Antonio Navarro, Chester W. Nimitz, Edward H White II, Dwight D Eisenhauer, and Lyndon B. Johnson.



The U.S. Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command mission is to recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver 21st-century airpower for America. AETC is the first command to touch the lives of almost every Air Force member. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC programs. AETC is proud to be in San Antonio – Military City, USA. aetc.af.mil

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Farr Construction

VFW Post 76 is the oldest post in Texas and the 7th largest post in the world. It just celebrated its 100TH birthday last June. Post 76 holds River Festivals, Mardi Gras Celebrations, patriotic ceremonies, military and veteran reunions, and fundraisers. It funds community scholarships and youth programs. The post is open to the public for celebrations and cold beer. To find out more, go to VFWpost76ontheRiverWalk.org



Army Residence Community

ARC is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community serving retired military officers and their spouses, widows, and widowers from all branches of the service. The ARC is an active community of seniors who enjoy a carefree lifestyle surrounded by neighbors who know what it means to serve. The 150-acre community is near JBSA and SAMMC. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool, pickleball courts, dog park, putting green, movie theater, and various dining venues. ArmyResidence.com



At Whataburger, we understand the importance of serving those who have served our country. For over 67 years, Whataburger has been dedicated to serving the communities where we do business by providing meals to veterans at Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, soldiers at the USO. We donate to military service members and their families through organizations such as Soldier’s Angels, Operation Homefront, Fisher Houses and Force Support Squadrons across our footprint. WhataBurger.com www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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One of the five U.S. armed forces and the only military organization within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790, the Coast Guard has participated in every armed conflict and safeguarded America’s waterways, environment and maritime interests around the world. They are both a military force and a federal law enforcement agency on the high seas and nation’s coastal waters and waterways by saving lives, protecting the environment, and defending the homeland. Their motto is “Semper Paratus,” Always Ready. USCG.mil



The United States Border Patrol

Founded on May 24, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol is a premier law enforcement agency that safeguards America’s borders. Laredo Sector has opened a recruiting office in San Antonio for anyone interested in pursuing a career with the agency. CBP prides itself in hiring people with a diverse range of interests and passions. To speak with a local recruiter call 956-229-2391 or 956-2862983 or visit cbp.gov/careers or text the word “ CBP “ to 94543



Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio

The Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio proudly salutes our troops and veterans! Hard Rock has been rockin’ on the river since 1995. Filled with delicious food, unique memorabilia, and cityspecific merchandise, the cafe is a favorite spot on the south bank. HardRock.com

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SA Community Pride Public Access TV

For almost 20-years SA Community Pride PATV has focused on showcasing what’s positive in our beautiful city by interviewing guests who make a difference. The show airs every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Spectrumchannel 20, AT&T Uverse-channel 99, and Grande Communicationschannel 19. The volunteer production crew are all community leaders. Show host, Delia A. Guajardo, founder of the US Military Veterans Parade Assoc. thanks the men and women who serve our country.



United Service Organizations, U.S.O. is a nonprofit 501C3 organizations supporting our active duty military and families through programs and services. We have four locations in San Antonio, downtown, Fort Sam Houston, the San Antonio Airport, and Ft. Sam MEPS. The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to our nation. SanAntonio.USO.org



These numbers don’t lie-we are a brand-new apartment community nestled in Westover Hills. Contemporary and sophisticated, we offer one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes. Pet-friendly and military-friendly, we have everything you need including woods floors throughout, granite counters, stainless finishes. Visit us today! Dalian151.com


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Fiesta Military Ambassadors The Original Mexican Restaurant

The Original Mexican Restaurant opened 30 years ago, and we have kept a fun atmosphere that the entire family can enjoy. The Original is open 24-hours a day to satisfy your cravings for delicious food and drinks. Don’t forget to end your meal with a slice of our world-famous cheesecake. OriginalMexican.com



Budweiser represented by Heroes Sports

Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor, has a long-standing commitment to our country’s military and their families. As a proud member of the business community in “Military City, USA,” Silver Eagle supports more than 40 military organizations that give back to those who serve or have served, and their families, through scholarships, medical support, and memorials. In 2018, Silver Eagle will provide two $5,000 scholarships through the Folds of Honor Foundation to local children of military men and women who have been killed or disabled in service to our country. Silver Eagle also contributes at least $10,000 annually to Project MEND for their Veterans program to provide durable medical equipment and assistive technologies medically necessary for rehabilitation and recovery. Silver Eagle and Budweiser are proud to serve those who serve and thank all the members of our armed forces.

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Thank you to the 2018 sponsors of the Armed Forces River Parade!

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Thank you to all who sponsored a yellow ribbon in honor of a loved one who has served, or is currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces. Proceeds from yellow ribbons support the Armed Forces River Parade which is free to attend. Special thanks go to these three River Walk businesses who sponsored a ribbon on behalf of all employees who have served in addition to their family members. The Original Mexican Restaurant The Republic of Texas Restaurant Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio Thank you also to the individuals and volunteers groups who hung the ribbons along the downtown section of the River Walk.


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FORD Holiday River Parade

Friday, November 23rd

Tickets sold online starting July 10th

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2018 San Antonio River Walk Association Board of Directors The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties PRESIDENT-ELECT Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio TREASURER Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk SECRETARY Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group MEMBER AT LARGE John Carbajal Jazz, TX

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS Jim Mery Center City Development and Operations Department Gloria Rodriguez San Antonio River Authority Eddie Romero Centro San Antonio

CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparaza Boudro’s


Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant

Shannon Miller Office of Historic Preservation, COSA

Kevin Donohue Donohue Media

Ric Morales Silver Eagle Distributors

Michael Dudek The Westin RiverWalk

Brad Parscale Giles-Parscale

Jodie Gish Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ryan Wood MadDogs Group

Jesse Holguin Pepsico

Michael Woody Visit San Antonio

James Kinney Splashtown

September 11-13, 2018 An evening dinner cruise featuring seven different restaurants each night.

Tickets sold online starting July 17th

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2018 Armed Forces River Parade Program  

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