Veterans Day Celebration provides fun and inspiration
HOUSTON — Inspiring presentations, tributes, a presentation of colors and military displays will honor all veterans from every branch of service at UH-Clear Lake’s Veteran’s Day Celebration, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., in the university’s Liberty Park, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058.
“We will celebrate our veterans for their service to our country and, especially during these times, we want to recognize our current military members,” said Cheryl Rohde, executive secretary of university advancement and event coordinator.
The university has hosted the community event since 2003, says Rohde, who took over as coordinator in 2006.
Scheduled highlights for this year’s celebration include the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” sung by fourth-grade students from Pasadena ISD’s Teague Elementary.
Retired Lt. Col. Larry Thomas, who served 22 years in the Texas Air National Guard at Ellington Field, as well as a Southwest Airlines pilot and is a U.S. Air Force veteran, will be this year’s keynote speaker. A special proclamation will be issued celebrating the U.S. Air Force and a presentation of colors provided by the Clear Lake High School Jr. ROTC.
Emmy-nominated Juan Manuel, a composer, guitarist, singer and UH-Clear Lake alumnus, composed a song he will perform as a tribute to veterans.
Sponsors of the celebration include Norman Frede Chevrolet, who will provide the truck for the “Fill the Truck” project. All guests are asked to bring their old and used cell phones for troops currently serving to “Fill the Truck” so those serving in the military can call home. ARI construction will provide hot dogs and volunteers.
Vintage military vehicles and equipment will be on display, provided by Bluebonnet Military Motor Pool of Texas. Also on display will be a helicopter from the Army National Guard. All guests will receive an honorary United States flag lapel pin and complimentary refreshments. Commemorative lapel pins will be given to all U.S. military veterans in attendance.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will move to the Bayou Building’s Atrium II in the event of inclement weather. For more information about this event, contact Cheryl Rohde, 281-283-2024, or e-mail RohdeC@uhcl.edu.