Houston salutes veterans with parade and ceremony

HOUSTON – Houston saluted military veterans Sunday with several events to celebrate the men and women who fight for freedom and liberty.

The first event took place at 10 a.m. with a health fair surrounding the reflection pool in Hermann Square at City Hall. 

At 10:45 a.m., the city kicked off a ceremony with a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence to remember the 100th anniversary of the signing of the WWI armistice. Dozens of veterans, the family and community members came out to take part in the annual event. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rep. Al Green and several city council members were among the attendees.

 Guest Speaker, retired Lt. General Larry Wyche, told the crowd outside city hall that veterans should be thanked and celebrated beyond one calendar day.

“Our Veterans should never have to struggle alone as they transition to civilian life. We owe our veterans more than our memories,” he said. 

At 12:30 p.m., people lined the streets downtown to cheer on veterans taking part in the American Heroes Parade. It started at Dallas Street and Bagby Street.

Hundreds of veterans' organizations, military members and vehicles, associations and schools participated.