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Veterans Day 2008
Veterans Day Event To Be Held in Downtown Houston
Saturday, November 08, 2008
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Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 in downtown Houston. The Houston VA National Cemetery, in conjunction with the City of Houston, is proud to continue the tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have risked their lives for our great nation. This year’s theme is “We Remember.”
A Commemoration Ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hermann Square in front of City Hall, downtown Houston, 901 Bagby Street. A Parade of Heroes with a flyover will follow at 11:45 a.m. and begin at Smith and Texas, proceed down Smith to Lamar, right on Lamar and conclude at Bagby Street.
This year, the ceremony keynote speaker will be Major General James Williams, U.S. Marines. Gen. Williams has served as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Division since April 2007. His previous positions include Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division and Deputy Commanding General (Mobilization), Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He served in combat operations as the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division from 2005-2006 at Camp Blue Diamond, Ar-Ramadi, Iraq, and earlier with I Marine Expeditionary Force as the Deputy Commanding General in Fallujah, Iraq. The Pennsylvania native received his commission March 1976.
Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (832) 393-0826 or visit
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Houston VA National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the region, encompassing some 419 acres of a former dairy farm in northwest Houston. The cemetery's focal point and the site of all special observances is the horseshoe-shaped building at its center known as the Hemicycle. This exposed aggregate structure contains a chapel and a 75-foot bell tower and encloses a courtyard that can accommodate as many as 2,000 people. All veterans with general or better discharges, their spouses, and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Eligible veterans may receive a VA grave marker or headstone even if they are not buried in a national cemetery. For more information, visit the National Cemetery Administration Web site at
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