The Brazos Valley comes together to celebrate and honor those who have fought or are fighting in the armed services to protect the United States and its interests. Here are some of the events leading up Veterans Day on Wednesday:
• The Museum of the American G.I. presents "Lest We Forget" The Traveling Vietnam Wall on Thursday through Nov. 15. 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 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 Nov. 15. 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/.
• 2:30 p.m. today: A Veterans Day Ceremony will be conducted at the Vietnam Memorial in Downtown Bryan. Names of local residents who lost their lives in the Vietnam War will be read. John Millhollon, a retired Air Force pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, will speak at the event.
• 11 a.m. Wednesday: American Legion Post 159 on Waco Street in Bryan is hosting a Community Veterans Service in which the honor guard will perform. Pat Patterson, a counselor for vets, is the guest speaker.
• 4:30 Wednesday: 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.