HOUSTON - During the closing days of the 79th Regular Session, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) passed House Resolution 2195 declaring October 29, 2005 as Spring Branch Day in Texas, in honor of the third annual Spring Branch Parade and Festival.
“Spring Branch Day will be a fitting way to call attention to one of Houston’s oldest and most close-knit communities,” Bohac said. “Spring Branch has a proud history that has continued to prosper due to the faithful efforts of community leaders who are committed to preserving and strengthening this historic area of the lone star state. The Spring Branch Parade and Festival is a testament to these neighborhood leaders’ dedication to Spring Branch and improving our local quality of life.”
This year’s community parade, named “A Salute to Our Troops”, is being organized by Spring Branch Super Neighborhood Presidents Catherine Barchfield, Glenn Smith, Brenda Stardig-Patrick and Chuck Davidson. The Parade will feature past and present service men and women, floats, marching bands, elected officials, Mayors from surrounding villages, scout troops, horse drawn carriages, cheerleaders, antique and specialty vehicles, fire engines and several founding families of Spring Branch.
“This parade will give the entire Spring Branch community the opportunity to showcase all of those currently serving our country, our veterans and our good neighbors,” Stardig-Patrick said in a statement issued last week. “Recognizing our veterans’ countless contributions to our community is long over due and this is our small way of honoring their achievements.”
The first parade was held in 2003 with the theme “Our Heritage”. It was such a success that the Super Neighborhoods decided to make it a yearly event. Last year’s theme was “Precious Memories” and had more than 100 entrants in the parade.
“I am so proud to have Spring Branch among the great communities I represent,” Bohac concluded. “I’m looking forward to spending Spring Branch Day together with my neighbors at this year’s parade as we salute our troops and celebrate our heritage.”
The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. starting at the YMCA located at 10655 Clay Road, then heading east on Centre Point Drive to Gessner, South on Gessner to Tiger Trail and will end at the Spring Woods High School campus (2045 Gessner) where the festival will immediately take place.
The following is the full text of H.R. 2195:
H.R. No. 2195
R E S O L U T I O N
WHEREAS, October 29, 2005, is a special day indeed for the Houston community of Spring Branch, as proud residents gather for the third annual Spring Branch Parade and Festival, and this memorable occasion is an apt opportunity to reflect on the town’s singular stature in the Lone Star State; and
WHEREAS, Spring Branch was first settled in the early 19th century by German farmers who embodied the values of hard work and cooperation that continue to characterize Spring Branch today; and
WHEREAS, Since its inception, Spring Branch has grown to become a lively modern community, with involved citizens who are committed to ensuring the area’s continued dynamism; and
WHEREAS, The theme of this year’s parade is “A Salute to Our Troops,” and in recognizing the contributions made by members of the armed services, local residents will celebrate their patriotic love of country even as they affirm their affection for their hometown; and
WHEREAS, In commemorating their colorful past, the people of Spring Branch are merely underscoring the bright promise of their future, and it is indeed fitting at this time to recognize this outstanding community; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby recognize October 29, 2005, as Spring Branch Day and extend to area residents best wishes for an enjoyable and successful Spring Branch Parade and Festival.