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The Henry Kuempel Collection - Veterans Day Parade and Monument Dedication (1959)

Austin History Center

Silent | 1959

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  •  Dedication ceremony on the steps of the Capitol 
  •  Unveiling 
  •  Part of the United States Army and the Texas National Guard, the 36th was the first infantry unit to touch European soil in World War II 
  •  Zilker Botanical Garden 
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This 1959 home movie captures Veterans Day festivities in Austin. Cameraman Henry Kuempel first attends the Veterans Day parade, during which junior high school bands, veteran auxiliary groups, and boy scout troops march down Congress Avenue. Kuempel next documents a memorial dedication ceremony. The monument, erected at the Texas State Capitol, honors veterans of the 36th Infantry Division. Governor Price Daniel and his wife, Jean Baldwin Daniel, unveil the memorial and place a dedicatory wreath at its foot. Later, the footage cuts to shots of Zilker Botanical Garden and a military band performance.
Henry Kuempel worked in the soft drink industry for more than 50 years, first with the Icy-Nu Bottling Company (later known as the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Austin) and then with the 7-Up Bottling Company of Austin. Kuempel served as president of the 7-Up Bottling Company from 1965 until his retirement in the mid-1970s. Kuempel’s son, Edmund, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1983 to 2010. During his 27-year tenure, he chaired the House Committees on Retirement and Aging, Administration, State Recreational Resources, and Licensing and Administrative Procedures.