Houston-area Veterans Day events

The annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Celebration and Parade is set for 12:30pm today

November 11, 2013 4:23:46 PM PST
Events across the Houston area will honor veterans this Veterans Day, and the public is invited to participate.

VETERANS DAY PARADE

The City of Houston's annual "Houston Salutes American Heroes' Veterans Day celebration will be held today. Houston shows support with a ceremony, a parade, a Veterans job fair and a health fair.

Festivities will begin at 10am in Hermann Square with the fourth annual AT&T Veterans Job Fair and the third annual Walgreens Veterans Health Fair will be held from 10am to 2pm in Hermann Square. The ceremony will also take place at 11am to noon on the steps of City Hall.

The American Heroes Parade sponsored by H-E-B will begin at 12:30pm. This our city's 15th Veterans Day Parade and Don Nelson, a veteran himself, will be emceeing the parade. Check out the parade route map for closures and detours in the downtown area during the festivities.

Watch the parade live. We'll be streaming the event on abc13.com and our mobile news app.

TEXANS HONOR VETS

Beginning Monday, the Houston Texans will honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces at a number of events during Salute to Service Week.

Salute to Service Week kicks off with the Stars & Strikes bowling event from 4 to 6pm Monday, featuring several Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, Lady Texans and 130 members of the United States military from the Wounded Warrior Project. Each team will be paired with a Texans celebrity to enjoy an afternoon of bowling and camaraderie at Bowlmor Houston on Bunker Hill Road.

The week of events leads up to the team's annual Salute to Service game, which is one of the Texans' most popular game themes each year. The Texans will host the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 17 at noon.

ASTROS HONOR VETERANS

The Astros Salute to Veterans event Monday at Minute Maid Park is a free event open to the public. Gates open and concessions will be available at 11am with musical entertainment beginning at noon.

The highlight of the afternoon will be the screening of the award-winning documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission on the video board at Minute Maid Park, preceded by a 2pm program featuring guest speakers U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Adjutant General of Texas John Nichols, Col. Deborah Grays from the U.S. Army, Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent Pamela Wright, World War II veteran Col. George McDowell, producer of Honor Flight Clay Broga and Chairman and Owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane.

METRO HONORS VETERANS

METRO is offering free rides to all veterans and active military personnel Monday. Rides will be free on all METRO bus service as well as METRORail and METROLift during normal transit hours.

Before boarding, simply let the vehicle's operator know that you are a veteran or on active duty.

LEAGUE CITY CEREMONY

The City of League City is honoring local veterans, servicemen and women and their families during a special ceremony Monday at 10am. The League City Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at Hometown Heroes Park (formerly Eastern Regional Park) at 2105 Dickinson Avenue. In addition to the ceremony, the city will also rededicate the newly renamed Hometown Heroes Park.

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