Monday, November 09, 2009

Veterans' Day Celebrations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a Veterans' Day (November 11, 2009) page filled with resources and information about ceremonies, observances, initiatives, proclamations, and resources to honor our nation's veterans. The National Ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.

In Houston festivities are arranged around the theme Houston Salutes American Heroes. Activities start at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, 901 Bagby. After an 11th hour ceremony, a Veteran's Day Parade will commence at 11:45 a.m. at Smith Street between Texas and Lamar. Free parking will be available for Veteran's Day activities between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Theatre District parking.

Veterans at Rice will be honored at 11 a.m. with a ceremony in the Ray Courtyard of the Rice Memorial Center. Selected because of his outstanding contributions to Rice University and his military service, Dr. George Bennett from Biochemistry and Cell Biology will be this year's special honoree . Presidential Visiting Fellow Colonel Daniel Ragsdale and ROTC member Josh Kirlin will give remarks. The Shepherd School's Brenton Ryan will sing the national anthem, and the MOB will provide music.