Honor Veterans Day in Southeast Texas

ROTC commander in front of visitors center, 2015

Southeast Texans have a long-standing history of supporting service men and women, and numerous groups around the area are preparing to celebrate those brave individuals in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames proclaimed Nov. 11 “Veterans Day” in Beaumont at a City Council meeting Nov. 8. Reading from the proclamation, she said, “The freedoms and liberties enjoyed by this great republic were won and have been protected by the men and women who become the veterans of the many wars in which this nation has become engaged. … Our nation is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those veterans who fought with full measure of their valor and loyalty to protect our country, and they deserve and merit our continued remembrance and appreciation for the sacrifices they have made for freedom, world peace and the American way of life.”

“I thank all the veterans who are here today for their service,” she added. “We appreciate you so very much. You’re the reason we’re sitting here.”

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 292 President Kerwin Stone and others from the group accepted the proclamation before council.

“On behalf of all of our veterans, we thank you so much for your consideration of veterans and for your proclamation,” said Stone. “The All-Veterans Memorial at the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center could not have been built without the help and cooperation of the city of Beaumont. We deeply appreciate everything the city of Beaumont has done to make our observance of Veterans Day each year a success.”

Stone invites the community to join him, numerous other veterans and special guests Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Ben J. Rogers Visitors Center in honoring veterans on Veterans Day.

“We gather more people each year,” Stone said. 

Stone “guarantees” good weather, he said, as much as one can promise such a thing in Southeast Texas, but in the case of rain, the commemoration would move inside the Visitors Center.

VeteranFest

Young Americans Overseas will honor Vietnam Veterans and retirees on Veterans Day at their facility, 2390 Linson St., near the Art League, in Beaumont.

According to Lamar University Adjunct Instructor Dr. Margot Gage, veterans will be presented with lapel pin awards from the Department of Defense. Rep. Randy Weber will participate in the ceremony. The Lamar University Marching Band will perform, as will John Cessac & The Texas Outlaws. Special guests include Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman, Dr. Adrienne Blackwell-Starnes, PGA Golf Pro Dan Flynn and the University of Houston Cougar Dolls dance team.

Suga’s is providing catering for the opening ceremony. There will be beer, barbecue and a silent auction. Numerous items and packages are up for bid, including a helicopter ride above Beaumont to see the Christmas lights, dinner at Suga’s, the chance to win a luxury golf putter, varying weekend getaways, a family bowling night and more.

According to Gage, the mission of Young Americans Overseas is “to reduce the number of homeless veterans by giving veterans a fresh start. We also aim to help students, especially from military families graduate from a four-year university and study abroad.” All proceeds from VeteranFest will go toward disability access and the nonprofit’s veteran housing program.

The event is scheduled from noon to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets purchased online are $20. Visit www.youngamericansoverseas.org to purchase tickets online. A select number of tickets are available for $30 at the door.

Orange County

United States Congressman Brian Babin will join Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt in honoring veterans and law enforcement officers of Southeast Texas at the Vidor Lions Veterans Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Babin is the guest speaker for the event and will be presenting all Orange County law enforcement agencies with commemorative U.S. flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol. Each agency will receive a letter of authenticity with their flag.

The park is at 4105 North St., at the intersection of Claiborne Street and the eastbound Interstate 10 service road in Vidor. The event is open to the public, and all veterans and law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend. If weather-related issues arise, the event will be moved to the Orange County Expo Center, 11475 Highway 1442 in Orange.

RSVP is appreciated. Anyone who would like to attend or has questions should contact Corporal Rocky Bridges at (409) 233-9125.

Lumberton

American Legion Post 72 is hosting a community program lauding local veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lumberton Independent School District Performing Arts Center dome, 103 South LHS Drive in Lumberton. The event is free and open to the public. American Legion Post 72 encourages everyone to attend.

The Book Nook Inn in Lumberton is also having a Veterans Day observance with a book signing by innkeeper and author David Hearne. Hearne is celebrating the release of his book, “June 17, 1967 – The Battle of Xom Bo II,” which reportedly pays tribute to the 39 young men who were killed and the 150 more who were seriously wounded in the bloody battle June 17, 1967. He will do a presentation discussing the book, the battle and the men and women “who were forever changed from the events of that day.”

The event is from 7-10 p.m. at the Book Nook Inn Event Center, 10405 Cooks Lake Road in Lumberton. Coffee, desserts, hors d’oeuvres, cheese and wine will be served. Tickets are $25 to $35 and are available at book-nook-inn.ticketleap.com/book-release-p. Call (409) 656-4625.

Nederland

The City of Nederland invites the public to attend a special Veterans Day Celebration honoring veterans. The event starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at Nederland Veterans Park, 207 12th St. in Nederland, adjacent to Nederland City Hall.

“We hope you will join us as we honor our veterans,” Angela Fanette, City of Nederland Parks & Recreation Director, encouraged.

Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group assisted with this event. 

 

Call Fanette at (409) 724-0773 for more information about the celebration.

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