Preparations continue for the return of New Braunfels native Marine Lance Corporal Guillermo “Willie” Perez following his tragic death on July 30th during a training mission off the coast of California that also took the lives of eight other Marines.
On Saturday, August 15th, Lance Corporal Perez is expected to arrive at San Antonio International Airport at approximately 11:15am. Officers with the New Braunfels Police Department as well as other surrounding law enforcement agencies will then provide a full police escort for his return to New Braunfels, with the procession expected to arrive in New Braunfels at approximately 12pm. Once in New Braunfels, the procession will turn onto South Seguin Ave. and proceed through the Main Plaza before arriving at Zoeller Funeral Home on Landa St. The New Braunfels Fire Department will have two NBFD ladder trucks set up at the South Seguin Ave. entrance onto the Main Plaza, creating an arch with a large United States Flag hanging between the two ladders. There will also be additional fire apparatus from New Braunfels and from other surrounding fire agencies parked at the intersections along Seguin Ave. from I-35 to the Main Plaza.
City of New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman is encouraging New Braunfels residents to show their support for Lance Corporal Perez by flying flags at half-staff from dawn until dusk this Saturday.
“The loss of this hometown hero is tragic. This is an opportunity for our community to show our respect and appreciation to Lance Corporal Perez and his family for his ultimate sacrifice,” said Mayor Brockman.
Drivers along the procession route should expect delays. For those planning on viewing the procession as it makes its way through New Braunfels, the city asks that you do so safely. Please avoid parking or standing in such a way that blocks traffic. Please remember to practice social distancing and, when that is not possible, wear a mask.
Funeral services for Lance Corporal Perez are still pending and will be announced once those arrangements have been finalized. New Braunfels City Council will honor Lance Corporal Perez and his family with a proclamation ceremony during the August 24th City Council meeting.