Houston takes Veterans Day seriously as this is the city’s chance to honor all those who have fought for our country. This year’s Annual Veterans Day Celebration takes place downtown for easy access.
Where and When
The Veterans Day Celebrations begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 at City Hall and ends at noon. For those who aren’t familiar with it, City Hall is at 901 Bagby St. Admission is completely free, so you can just show up and pay tribute to the military. The annual celebration is officially called “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration.” You can park for free between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Theater District Tranquillity Garage, using entrances two and five. Or you can pay to park in the SP+ parking lots.
Resource, Job, and Health Fair
To not only thank the veterans in Houston but also help them, the celebration will start off with a resource, job, and health fair targeting all past and present military personnel. Organizers understand that veterans are frequently either underemployed or unemployed when they get home despite their extensive skills in the military. With about 300,000 veterans in Houston’s metropolitan area alone, this fair should be a very helpful resource. The health-related aspects will include on-site health screenings as well as flu shots. This AARP Veterans Job & Resource Fair will also feature military displays as well as various activities by the reflection pool in Hermann Square.
Ceremony to Honor Veterans
At 10 a.m., the celebration will include a ceremony to honor the veterans, including those who have given their lives in service and those who have returned home to the Houston area. This ceremony will end in a moment of silence to remember when the WWI Armistice was signed. As always, this ceremony is presented by H-E-B.
At 11:30 a.m., you will get a chance to watch the Veterans Day parade, winding throughout downtown. Organizers expect more than 10,000 Houston residents to watch the parade as a way to honor our veterans.
9/11 Heroes Run
This year’s annual 9/11 Heroes Run was rescheduled because of Hurricane Harvey. Instead of being in September, it will be part of the Veterans Day activities for this year. It starts at 8 a.m. All the proceeds (other than the cost of fulfillment and shirts) will go directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This way, you know that your registration fee goes to a good cause, rebuilding the community and helping those who were hit hardest by Harvey.
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