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Houston Veterans Honored With Ceremony, Parade

The city of Houston honors military veterans with a ceremony at City Hall and a parade downtown. City council members, state legislators and U.S. Congress members were part of the ceremony.

Mayor Annise Parker, as well as other city, state and federal government officials, commemorated Veterans Day with flags, music and speeches.

And some of that music came from Congressman Al Green.

“If you love these Marines that you know, stand up and show it. Let’s hear it for the Marines! ‘From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli …’ —Given that my name it Al Green, I thought it might be appropriate!”

Houstonian Ian Martin played bagpipes and veterans Vincent Grenfell Sr. and John Gutierrez Martinez led the crowd with the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America …”

Congressman Gene Green says our freedoms are due to veterans.

“And that includes up to the day those who are fighting in Iraq, northern Syria, Afghanistan. Our freedom is earned by those veterans.”

After a rifle salute by Company A, 13th U.S. Infantry, “Taps” was played by Jason Browne.

Booths were set up around the grounds of City Hall, with free health checks, flu shots and other services. The ceremony was followed by a downtown parade.

This is Mayor Parker’s last time to host the Veterans Day commemoration and parade, as she leaves office next year.

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