Friday, November 10, 2000 Volume 66, Issue 59



Nation commemorates Veterans Day

America celebrates 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 Armed forces.

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 society.

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 Square.

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 their lives.

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.

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