Nation commemorates Veterans
Saturday; Houston will hold third annual salute to heroes at 10 a.m.
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
Nov. 11 is Kuwait, Khe Sahn, the Chosin
Reservoir, Iwo Jima, North Africa, Omaha Beach and Pearl Harbor.
It is the Battle of Sunda Straight where
the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast -- the USS Houston -- was
sent plunging to the bottom of the Java Sea by Japanese fleet during World
War II with great loss of life.
Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day.
It is the day Americans remember brothers
and sisters, mothers, fathers and grandparents who served in the nation's
It is the day America designates to honor
the soldiers, sailors and airmen, past and present, and their willingness
to put life on the line for their countrymen and the American way of life.
It is a holiday when Americans will march
in parades and visit national cemeteries to pay their respect to those
men and women who gave their lives so the rest might live in a free democratic
The men and women of the armed forces will
be honored at the third annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans
Day event Nov. 11.
The City's official Veterans Day celebration
will begin with a commemoration ceremony at 10 a.m. at City Hall's Hermann
At 11 a.m. -- the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11th month -- a moment of silence will be held in honor of those
who gave their lives in the military service and in observance of the signing
of the World War I Armistice.
A downtown parade will follow, recognizing
the 50th anniversary of the Korean War and the nation's Congressional Medal
of Honor recipients.
Celebrations will conclude in Sam Houston
park with a Patriot Park Festival.
The country's history is an epic tale of
the men and women who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights;
citizens and immigrants who were not afraid to defend that belief with
This is also a weekend of celebration for
every Marine who ever put on a set of dress blues and proudly served in
the defense of their nation. Today is celebrated as the 225th anniversary
for the U.S. Marine Corps.