HOUSTON - The annual Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration took place on Friday, drawing thousands to downtown Houston.
The parade was filled with colorful floats, marching bands and service members who entertained the crowds.
The Houston metropolitan area has an estimated 300,000 veterans and the Grand Marshall at Friday's parade was Major Lisa Jaster.
The wife and mother of two spoke with KHOU 11 reporter Shern-min Chow. She had a message many might not expect.
"I say delete the adjective. I'm not a good female soldier, I'm a good soldier. We don't want to look for the best black person, straight person, gay person, we want to look for the best person." Jaster said.
The reservist who works full time as an engineer at Shell had enlisted two years before 9/11. More than a decade later, she decided to try Ranger school.
She was one of 19 women to attempt Ranger school and it took her multiple attempts for each phase of training. The average age of a Ranger candidate is 22-23 years old.
Jaster was 37 years old when she completed training.