HOUSTON, — University of Houston-Clear Lake honors veterans during a special Veterans Day Celebration Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 – 4 p.m., at the university’s Liberty Park, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Sponsored by the university’s Office of Alumni and Community Relations, the celebration became an annual event four years ago.
“We’ve had a lot of support from the community for this event,” said the event coordinator, Executive Secretary for University Advancement Cheryl Rohde. “Every year, more and more people get involved.”
Program highlights for this year’s event include an honor guard performed by the Junior ROTC of Clear Lake High School, refreshments hosted by the USO and a flyover by the 147th Air National Guard from Ellington Field. Pearl Harbor survivor George Hemingway will present “The Call to
Serve: What it Means to be a Veteran.”
Displays inside the adjoining university Student Services and Classroom Building will include photographs and essays of veterans and their families. Vintage military vehicles will also be presented.
“I became involved in the planning of the Veterans Day celebration a few years after I started my job at UH-Clear Lake,” explained Rohde. “It was a very important event to me because of a veteran in my family, and I was eager to step into a leadership role in planning it annually.”
Others involved in planning the project include UH-Clear Lake Associate Professor of Legal Studies Jim Benson, Distinguished Alumnus Bob Garcia and Alfred R. Neumann Librarian Frances Roppolo.
Admission is free and signs will direct visitors to free parking areas. For more information about the event or to find out how to be involved, call the Office of University Advancement, 281-283-2021.