College Station is the fourth-best city for veterans seeking an education, according to a ranking from the United Services Automobile Association.

USAA commissioned Sperling's BestPlaces and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University to create the top 10 lists.

The groups gave points for nine selection criteria to form the rankings, including G.I. Bill enrollment per capita, graduation rate, loan debt and veteran unemployment.

The cities that rounded out the top five were Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Lynchburg, Virginia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; College Station and St. Louis.

Today, the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M will be honoring veterans and active members who are part of the Bush School community with a wall display in the center of the school. The wall will feature photos of each service member with a name and brief biography.

In honor of those in the armed services, several organizations in the Brazos Valley are paying tribute today. Here is a roundup of Veterans Day-related events around town:

• Today, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: The Veteran Resource and Support Center at Texas A&M University will honor the service of veterans by providing them free breakfast in Koldus Room 112.

• Today, 8:30 a.m.: Several local heritage, historical and patriotic organizations will place more than 800 U.S. flags at the College Station Cemetery, 2530 Texas Ave. S. Community members and families are invited to volunteer in placing the flags, which are donated by the Sojourners. Ellen Marquis Horner, assisted by Bob and Jane Cohen and Rose Smith, coordinate the flag memorial placements and maintain the list of veterans to honor.

• Today, 11 a.m.: The American Legion Post 159, 101 Waco St. in Bryan, is hosting a Communitywide Veterans Service featuring a performance by the honor guard. Pat Patterson, a counselor for vets, is the guest speaker.

• Today, 11 a.m.: Veterans Day Program at the Caldwell Civic Center, 103 Texas 21.

• Today, 11:11 a.m.: The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony on the Memorial Plaza, formerly known as the Corps Plaza. The ceremony will be followed by a rifle volley by a Ross Volunteer firing detail. The ceremony concludes with the playing of taps.

• Today, 1 to 3 p.m.: the Texas A&M Veterans Services Office, on the second floor of the Pavilion in Room 205, will offer refreshments.

• Today, 2 p.m.: St. Joseph Manor Assisted Living, 2345 Manor Drive in Bryan, will host a Veterans Day Celebration, led by Bryan High School's JROTC to honor community veterans. The event is open to the public.

• Today, 4:30 p.m.: The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial board of directors is presenting a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Louis L. Adam Memorial Plaza of Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. Activities will include a reading of names added to the memorial's Wall of Honor in 2015 (which includes 5,000 engraved names of military servicemen and women from the Brazos Valley), a reading of the history of Veterans Day, remarks from special guest Michael Beggs and a rifle salute by the Texas A&M University Ross Volunteers. For more information, go to bvvm.org.

• The Museum of the American G.I. presents "Lest We Forget" The Traveling Vietnam Wall from Thursday through Sunday. Visitors can honor the 58,300 American servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every single name etched on the original.  Visitors can visit the wall on the grounds, which will be open 24 hours a day from noon Thursday until 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be several programs associated with the event, including the Texas A&M Ross Volunteers, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, the Corps of Cadets Color Guard and the Signing Cadets. A detailed schedule of the events is at www.americangimuseum.org/events/lest-we-forget/.

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Nunya Bidness

How is it Texas A&M, of ALL places, is not number 1?

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