Several federal and state elected officials are taking part in events Monday in honor of Veterans Day.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will be in Houston for three events.
Cornyn and Houston Mayor Annise Parker took part in a ceremony awarding the French Legion of Honor Medal to several Texas World War II veterans who served in France.
Cornyn, Parker and the Houston area's U.S. House delegation also attended the city's 15th annual "Houston Salutes American Heroes."
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Cornyn joined another event at Houston's Minute Maid Park early Monday evening. It was courtesy of the Astros and the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Gardner Hill, a Navy veteran, went to get his oil changed at Ron Craft Chevy in Baytown when the dealership paid for the oil change and invited him and his friend to the celebration at Minute Maid Park.
"I was really surprised. I never dreamed I would come out here. I've seen this in the picture show. I was tickled to death!" said Hill.
A Pearl Harbor survivor was also in attendance. Jill Allen's dad, 75, was a dentist in the Army serving in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. Jill Allen was only 3 years old.
During the event, the Consul General of France honored eight US World War II veterans.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, was in Dallas, and state Sen. Wendy Davis, candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, was in the Fort Worth area.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was in San Antonio.
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement on Veterans Day:
"Whenever they’ve been needed, the members of America’s armed forces have risen to the challenge of protecting our nation from foes around the world. Our veterans remain the reason the United States is today the world's shining beacon of freedom and prosperity. Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor them and the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf, and we must never lose sight of the debts we owe them. That’s why programs like ‘Hiring Red, White and You,’ among others, are so important in connecting our returning veterans with employers seeking talented, experienced individuals to work for them. In its first year, ‘Red, White and You’ job fairs led to roughly 2,800 hires, and this year, we want to top that number significantly. These brave men and women risk all for love of country, and Texans will always do our part to welcome our veterans home."
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