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St. Philip's College welding technology program students are behind the scenes in ceremonial preparations for a major Veteran's Day ceremony in San Antonio this weekend.
SPC Welding Students Veterans Day Parade Project

SPC Welding Students Modify Unique Parade Vehicle in Time for Veterans Day

Two St. Philip's College welding technology program students are behind the scenes in ceremonial preparations for a major Veteran's Day ceremony in San Antonio this weekend.

Steve Duran is director of the Alamo Colleges Workforce Center for Excellence, a member of 2018 Fiesta Royalty, and a member of the Duran family that operates the La Prensa philanthropic foundation.

He is a ceremonial member in the Nov. 10 San Antonio Veterans Day parade lineup in his Fiesta capacity, but he contributes another item to the ceremony. A motorized three-wheeled vehicle---modified by Clay Collins and Jerry Goodwin---both welding students at the college.

The faculty member at the college who heads the welding program Eugene Gracia, is deployed to Southeast Asia right now. So under the leadership of outstanding college alumnus, welding program faculty member and U.S. Marine Corps veteran John Hoyt, Hoyt's welding students partnered with Duran to enhance the vehicle. They welded holders for three flags---USA, Texas and La Prensa---that will be displayed from the vehicle. The students also welded in a tractor-type seat and a seat back to separate the vehicle operator from the vehicle engine that might get uncomfortably warm in the course of a long parade.

"I had it built and I wanted it in the parade,” said Duran. “What I remember best about parades has been the Shriners in little motorized carts. What better way to parade than the way the Shriners did it in their carts? I'm a Fiesta king and I was inspired," Duran said as two welding program students loaded the finished product into a waiting pickup truck.

As for the vehicle, Duran has many ceremonial plans.

"We'll enter it in everything we can enter it in, and in a few weeks I'll bring it back for a group shot with the welding students. It's great to begin the use of the vehicle during Veteran's Day in Military City, thanks to the students at St. Philip's College," said Duran.

CAPTION: St. Philip's College welding technology program students are behind the scenes in ceremonial preparations for a major Veteran's Day ceremony in San Antonio this weekend, thanks to a partnership with Steve Duran, a member of Fiesta royalty. Two welding program students loaded a vehicle they customized into its transport when they completed the job on Nov. 9. (Courtesy images)
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