Mayor's Office Press Release

City Announces Plans for Veterans Day Celebration
Virtual Program will Honor All Who Served in the Miltary

November 9, 2020 --The City of Houston will honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces during a special Veterans Day celebration. Mayor Sylvester Turner will host the 23rd Annual Houston Salutes American Heroes, including a moment of silence and a swearing-in ceremony for military recruits.

The mayor will be joined by Dr. Steven Hall, director of the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs, and representatives from each military branch.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of residents, this year's Veterans Day program will be virtual, with a limited number of guests invited to gather in person.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
Time: 10:45 a.m. - Ceremony begins
11 a.m. - moment of silence


Host: Mayor Sylvester Turner
Emcee: Bill Balleza, former news anchor and Vietnam Veteran
Invocation: Clifton Montgomery, Jr., Chief, Chaplain Service, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Medical Center
Keynote Speaker: Brigadier General Ronald R. Ragin, Commander,
US Army 13th Sustainment Command
Remarks: Commander Mary Decker, Navy Talent Acquisition Group
Inductees: New Recruits
Pledge of Allegiance: Petty Officer Second Class Cruz Garza;
Singer: First Lieutenant Rachel Kim;
Bagpiper: Kelley Fair; the US Army Color Guard

How to Watch the Program

Members of the public may watch virtually or call in.

Tele-Town Hall will provide the virtual viewing of the ceremony via the following link:

Dial-in audio options include:
English -- 877-311-7071
Spanish -- 877-311-7074
Vietnamese -- 877-311-7083