Things kicked off at the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center with a procession of honor guards from each of the services — the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the Marines. Local veterans from each of those services — some in wheelchairs and some with walkers — listened to remarks from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He says more than 300,000 veterans live in the Houston area. And three of his brothers served.
“I did not go to the military, but I am standing on the shoulder of military brothers who sacrificed on behalf of their younger ones. I am indebted personally to the men and women of our armed services, and I thank you for what you have already done.”
U.S. Congressman Al Green from Houston says he marvels at the smooth transition of power that’s a hallmark of our history.
“This man will raise his right hand and he will take an oath. He will be the 45th president of the United States of America. Donald Trump will become the Commander in Chief. Regardless as to how you feel about the election, we’ve got to appreciate the fact that we can do this and never have a shot fired. It happens in the United States of America.”
A Veterans Day ceremony takes place in downtown Houston Friday morning. A parade will wind through city streets beginning at 11:30.