Temple Honors 13th ESC DCO in Christmas Parade

Story and Photos by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

The crowd cheered loudly as a jolly old man in a red suit went by in his sleigh, guided by 12 reindeer, followed by a group of young carolers from the Temple College Academy of Music.

Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) were honored in the city of Temple's annual Christmas parade Dec. 1 on Main Street in Temple.

The Grand Marshall of the parade, Mary Alice, kicked off the night's festivities by lighting the city's Christmas tree. Alice, who was also celebrating her 100th birthday, is one of the eldest Temple residents. Mayor Bill Jones announced December 2008 as honorary Mary Alice month in the city of Temple.

The Soldiers of the 13th ESC rode in classic cars as well as new Corvettes and they were preceded by the 13th ESC Honor Guard. The 13th ESC deputy commander was the guest of honor for the parade.

"It's a great honor," said Col. Knowles Atchinson, deputy commander, 13th ESC, "The city of Temple does a great job of supporting Fort Hood so I'm glad to be participating and supporting them."

This year's theme was Christmas Bells and Bows and the parade also featured a 30 foot snow slide as part of the festivities. Temple will be hosting Christmas performances and activities throughout the week. 


Col. Knowles Atchinson, deputy commander, 13th ESC, rides in a classic car as the guest of honor in the city of Temple’s annual Christmas Parade December 1 on Main Street. (US Army photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah, 13th ESC Public Affairs


Sgt. Frank Bailey, 13th ESC, rides in a classic Chevy Corvette as the guest of the city of Temple in their annual Christmas Parade December 1 on Main Street. (US Army photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah, 13th ESC Public Affairs)

 


Mayor Bill Jones announces December 2008 as official Mary Alice month in the city of Temple. Mary Alice, who was also celebrating her 100th birthday, is one of Temple’s eldest residents and was also named the Grand Marshal of the Christmas parade. Alice kicked the parade off by lighting the city’s Christmas tree.


The 13th ESC Honor Guard leads the military procession in the city of Temple’s annual Christmas Parade December 1 on Main Street. (US Army photo by Pfc. Naveed Ali Shah, 13th ESC Public Affairs