Day for heroes

Flags welcome military veterans to a ceremony at Veterans Park in College Station on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. 

Organizations throughout the Brazos Valley are hosting Veterans Day events this weekend and Monday. Numerous groups have organized opportunities for veterans and active duty service members to receive gratitude from the community for their service. 

• The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Park in College Station.

Activities include musical renditions, a rifle salute from the Ross Volunteers, the “Honor Wall Roll Call,” a reading of military veteran names recently added to the memorial’s Wall of Honor, and more. 

• The Annual Joint Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Earl Graham Post 159 American Legion, which is located at 101 Waco St. in Bryan. The annual joint Veterans Day ceremony is in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 937, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200, United States Submarine Veterans Brazos Valley Base, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4692, and the Marine Corps League Detachment 1391. The keynote speaker is Texas Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Bentley Nettles, executive director of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

• On Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Voices for Children is hosting a Veterans Eat Free lunch at Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q on Harvey Road in College Station. 

Voices for Children executive director AJ Renold said Friday morning that Voices for Children is working to improve advocacy services for military and veteran families they serve through a grant from Brazos Valley Cares. 

“We would [provide lunch] anyway, but there is a specific purpose to recruiting veterans to be CASA volunteers, and to recognize the unique issues children of veterans face in foster care — and to assist veterans caring for children in foster care,” Renold said. “We want to provide additional support to the unique circumstances of those who give their lives and sacrifice to serve this country.”  

• The Aggieland Humane Society and the Lone Survivor Foundation Chapter at Texas A&M have partnered together to bring fee-waived adoptions to veterans and their families Monday through Saturday. Humane Society communications specialist Darby McKenzie said that veterans and their immediate families will “be able to adopt a pet during this fee-waived adoption special.” 

“Our veterans deserve unconditional love from a companion animal. We are thrilled to be able to extend the offer of a fee-waived adoption to them,” shelter director Kathy Bice said in a release. 

The release indicated that all adoptions include spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip with national registration “and a free general physical coupon redeemable at participating local veterinarian offices.” 

To learn more, visit aggielandhumane.org/adopt

• The Brazos Transit District will offer unlimited free riders to veterans and active military personnel on Monday. 

“This offer is good on any BTD Fixed Route in the cities of Bryan/College Station, Lufkin/Diboll, Nacogdoches, Cleveland & Dayton/Liberty/Ames,” a release stated. Veterans and service members may board with an ID or other items indicating past or present military service. 

• The Blinn College District will commemorate Veterans Day with an appreciation luncheon for veterans and active duty service members on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Blinn-Bryan Campus Student Center. The event is part of Blinn’s “Honoring Our Bravest” series and will be hosted in Room F-120. In addition to the luncheon, Blinn Student Leadership and Activities (SLA) will host a letter-writing campaign in support of veterans and active duty service members.

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