Central Texas Observes Veterans Day

By: Brittany Semadeni Email
By: Brittany Semadeni Email

(November 9, 2011)—Veterans Day events are scheduled across Central Texas, most of them on Friday.

Area Veterans Day Observances, Activities

Central Texas

All Texas Roadhouse restaurant locations will offer one of 10 pre-selected entrees and non-alcoholic beverages free during lunch hours (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) for all active, retired or former U.S. military veterans. Proof of military service is required. Texas Roadhouse is also donating 10% of proceeds from military-themed gift cards during the month of November to Homes For Our Troops, a group that offers specially built homes to injured veterans.

All 7-Eleven, Inc. locations will provide active and retired U.S. military personnel and their immediate families with free, small Slurpee drinks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Proof of military service is required.


Patriot Way Flagpole Dedication, hosted by the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 11 a.m. An 80-foot flagpole flying the American Flag will be dedicated in Patriot Plaza on Central Avenue at IH 35. New bricks honoring military loved ones will also be dedicated. Commanding General of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), General Terence Hildner, will be the keynote speaker. Open to the public.

Veterans Appreciation Ceremony, on Saturday, featuring a luncheon honoring all veterans. The ceremony starts at 12 p.m., and will be followed by a fried chicken lunch. It will be held at the VFW Post 4008, 2311 S. Pearl St. Open to the public.

Copperas Cove

Parade is planned to include CC I.S.D. organizations at 9:30 a.m. on Veterans Avenue. It is a two-mile route and will include cheerleaders, the Copperettes and CC JROTC. Open to the public.


Killeen Veterans Day Parade, begins at 11 a.m. at City Hall to wind through downtown at 11:30 a.m. The parade is one of five Veterans Day parades to receive regional recognition. Open to the public.

Veterans Day program at 2 p.m. New monument will be unveiled at Killeen Memorial Park on Lake Road. Open to the public.

Ride For Veterans Wreaths, on Saturday, with registration at 8 a.m. Kickstands up at 10 a.m. $15 to include tee-shirt or $20 to include long-sleeved shirt. Ride leaves from the Horny Toad Harley Davidson, arrive at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on State Highway 195 around 1:30 p.m. with a program and placing of wreaths to follow. Return to Horny Toad for live music, BBQ and contests to begin around 1 p.m.

Fort Hood

7-Eleven, Inc. trailers will travel to Fort Hood on Saturday to provide active U.S. military personnel and their immediate families with free, small Slurpee drinks between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park on U.S. Highway 190. There will be a keynote speaker and the Lampasas High School Band will perform. Open to the public.


Gatesville ISD is hosting a Veterans Day Program at McKamie Stadium. Free breakfast will be served to veterans from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gatesville High School culinary arts room. The program at the stadium begins at 9 a.m. and will feature a guest speaker, choirs and band performances. Open to the public.


Veterans Day program at the Bruceville-Eddy High School Gym. Begins at 11:30 and lasts for an hour. Open to the public.


U.S. Flag Disposal Ceremony, Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Robinson High School at 500 West Lyndale Drive. Tattered flags can be dropped off in the high school office for proper disposal. Open to the public.

Robinson ISD Website


Ceremony and Military Ball, put on by soldiers from Fort Hood's 49th Corps Movement Control Center at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m., where the soldiers will be joined by children from Meridith-Dunbar Elementary School who will sing appropriately themed songs. The Military Ball will begin ay 3:15 p.m. followed by a slide show, skit and dinner.

Avenue of Flags Ceremony, 11 a.m. at the Temple VA Medical Center (Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center), Texas State Rep. Ralph Sheffield will be the keynote speaker. Temple Mayor Bill Jones will also speak. Holland High Band will perform and American Legion Post #55 will provide color guard and a 21-gun salute. Placing of wreaths and names of veterans will be read. Open to the public.


Avenue of Flags Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. at the Waco VA Medical Center, Rep. Bill Flores, Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell and Waco Mayor Jim Bush to speak. Conally High Band will perform and Conally Junior ROTC to provide color guard. Inclement weather location is the Stracke Auditorium, Building 6. Placing of wreaths and names of veterans will be read. Open to the public.

Pre-Parade Celebration, Providence Hospice is hosting a celebration at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m. on South Third Street. Open to the public.

Veterans Day Parade to begin at 11 a.m. at 13th and Austin. 159 units are expected in the parade. The parade will be televised nationally including commentators. The parade can be viewed on the Waco City Cable Channel (Channel 10 on Time Warner and Grande cable) or on the city’s website.

City Of Waco Website

Baylor University Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, and Baylor's Veteran Association will be taking 20 minute shifts guarding the flag poles in front of Patt Neff for 24 hours, beginning at midnight. AFROTC’s Arnold Air Society hosts the event.

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