Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Joins Veterans Day Celebration to Salute Veterans for Their Selfless Service and Sacrifice

November 11, 2018 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner participated in the “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration” Sunday to honor the men and women who have bravely served to protect the nation's liberty and freedom.

As the mayor noted during his speech, Houston is home to more than 200,000 veterans and their families, and has the second largest population of veterans in the country.

Veterans living in Houston have served in every branch of the military, and in every era, during peace and war. They contribute to the community at every level in the private and public sectors.

"We will never know all of the sacrifices that you have made because of your commitment to our country," Mayor Turner said. "The valor you have shown in the face of danger, we may never know. Some of you have been to hell and back for our freedom and our safety. We honor you for that service today."

Several hundred people including veterans, their loved ones and private citizens attended the city's Veterans Day salute, which began with a program in front of city hall and concluded with a parade through downtown Houston. Lt. General (Ret) Larry Wyche, USA, served as the program's keynote speaker and parade marshal.

"Our veterans should never have to struggle alone as they transition to civilian life. We owe them more than our memories," Wyche said in his remarks.

All city of Houston offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day.

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