Houston Salutes American Heroes celebration set for Monday


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on November 8, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 5:11 AM

HOUSTON – The city of Houston will show support for the Armed Forces with the annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration on Monday.

Mayor Annise Parker welcomes new parade sponsor, H-E-B, to the fanfare and has re-enlisted the city’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs to host the fourth annual AT&T Veterans Job Fair and the third annual Walgreens Veterans Health Fair.

The annual Houston Salutes American Heroes festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the fourth annual AT&T Veterans Job Fair and third annual Walgreens Veterans Health Fair which is open until 2 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, starting with a moment of silence in memory of the World War II signing of the Armistice followed by the 11th hour ceremony commemorating the signing. The American Heroes parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Lamar and Bagby, proceeding north on Smith, east on Walker, south on Louisiana and ending at Dallas.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to recognize and pay respect to our heroes,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Through our corporate partners, AT&T, H-E-B, and Walgreens, we are able to honor their service to our country and assist those returning to the work force in resuming productive lives.”

Walgreens will provide flu shots and on-site health screenings including: blood glucose testing, bone density, blood pressure readings, diabetic foot exams and Body Mass Index exams. They will also be providing information regarding Medicare D Open Enrollment and Affordable Care Act Enrollment.

Free HIV/STD and TB screenings will also be available courtesy of the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

Col. John Daniel, commander of the 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Texas Air National Guard, stationed at Ellington Joint Reserve Base, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

Dr. Robert Ivany, eighth president of the University of St. Thomas and retired Army major general, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event’s opening ceremony.

Free parking is available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Theater District Parking, Tranquillity Garage, 501 Rusk, Houston 77002, entrances 2 and 5 only. (If you enter the garage prior to 12:30 p.m., parking remains free for the remainder of the day.)

Street closings for the parade are as follows:

Parade staging from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Allen Parkway inbound from Waugh Drive to Bagby Street;
  • Sabine Street (north and south bound) from Memorial Drive to Allen Parkway;
  • Bagby Street from Clay Street to Walker Street (east and west side single curb lane closure only);
  • Heiner Street from Allen Parkway service road to West Dallas Street;
  • Allen Parkway outbound from Bagby to Waugh Drive closed at 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade route from noon to 2 p.m.:

  • Dallas Street from Bagby to Louisiana Street;
  • Louisiana Street from Dallas to Walker Street;
  • Walker Street from Louisiana to Smith Street;
  • Smith Street from Walker to Lamar Street;
  • Lamar Street from Smith to Bagby Street;

Parade route concludes at Allen Parkway at Bagby Street.