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Houston Veterans Day parade, ceremony set for Friday morning in downtown

The Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration starts with a ceremony at 10 a.m. and is followed by a parade at 11:30 a.m.

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FILE – Houston Veterans Day Parade

Houston will honor those who served with its annual Veterans Day celebration in downtown on Friday.

The Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration starts with a ceremony at 10 a.m. and is followed by a parade at 11:30 a.m.

"As happy and as proud as I am for the Astros and the championships, but for these veterans who sacrificed their lives and went out to serve in places all over the globe, we do owe them the respect of honoring this day which is very, very special," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at this week's council meeting.

The ceremony at city hall features keynote speaker Col. David J. Lewis and a 21-gun salute. At 11 a.m. there will be a moment of silence to honor the signing of the World War I armistice.

The parade gets going at 11:30 and begins at Dallas Street at Bagby Street, then makes its way down Dallas Street to Louisiana Street then up Walker Street, down Smith Street and up Lamar Street and ends at Lamar at Bagby.

"I'm asking Houstonians to really come out on Friday to be a part of the crowd for the Veterans Parade. Let us not go down the streets and we're waving just at the buildings," Turner said.

There will be free parking in the Theater District garage and entrances 2 and 5 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for those attending. METRO is offering free rides all day for veterans and active-duty service members.

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