2015 Veterans Day Events
Growing up in a military family, Veteran’s Day has always had a special meaning. But it is so easy to think saying, “thank you for your service” is enough. On the days leading up to Veteran’s Day, don’t just thank someone for their service. Ask them about their service. Thank them for their sacrifice as they spent time away from their families (for long stretches of time), protected our country (and their friends), and celebrated victory and learned resilience. I hope to see you at some (or many!) of these events.
By the Numbers
From our most recent wars, there are 2.6 million military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently our military veterans equal 20.2 million men + 1.6 million women. Texas alone has at least 1.6 million vets. 1.3 million have served in multiple wars. (US Census Bureau)
The salute to veterans has evolved into a big deal in San Antonio, which is often called “Military City, U.S.A.” because of its historic ties to the Army and the Air Force, and the continued impact of three major installations. The military is the single largest sector of the regional economy, generating $27.7 billion a year and fueling 95,000 military and civilian jobs. Few metropolitan areas have more military retirees. SA Express News
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Veteran’s Day is officially Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
16th Annual Veterans’ Parade. San Antonio, TX Sat, Nov., 11th 2015 – Step Off 12PM
The 2015 Veterans Parade is dedicated to the late Alex E. Tovar (July 7, 1917 – April 22, 2015), a decorated WWII Veteran, Former Prisoner of War, and Charter Member of the USMVPA.
The U.S. Military Veterans Parade Association is proud to present the annual Veterans Parade in San Antonio, Texas, also known as Military City, USA, every November during San Antonio’s Celebrate America’s Military (CAM) Week. Wreath ceremony at 10:00am followed by parade at noon!
Date: Saturday, 11/7/2015 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Learn more about the San Marcos celebration here.
After the parade you can join The Mission Continues San Antonio Chapter’s Veteran’s Day Service project. For this project we are partnering with the Valor Club to clean up an area for the community and prepare it for an awesome new purpose.
(Taken on 11/7/2015 by the mission continues)
Time: Saturday, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4700 Pecan Valley Dr | San Antonio, TX 78223
Red Ribbon Corps
Volunteers can spend Saturday, starting at 9am, laying red ribbons on each of the 80,000 gravesites at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The Red Ribbon Corps offer a red ribbon to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served the United States by placing a red velvet bow at every headstone in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day.
Spurs Veterans Day Game Celebrate America’s Military night (CODE: MILITARY)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets
Location: AT&T Center
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The San Antonio Spurs host a Veterans Day celebration game in honor of active duty and retired military service members. The game features recognition of military members as well as discounted tickets for those that are wearing and have worn the uniform and their families. The Spurs will wear their Military City U.S.A. Pride Uniforms for this game. All game tickets purchased through the website listed include a special military-themed Spurs T-shirt.
Sunday, November 10, 2015
Rampage Veterans Day Game Celebrates America’s Military night (CODE: MILITARY)
San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves
Location: AT&T Center
Time: 4 p.m.
The San Antonio Rampage hosts a veteran appreciation game in honor of active duty and retired military service members. The game features discounted tickets for those that are wearing and have worn the uniform and their families.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Speaker: Retired Maj. Gen. Angie Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps; CEO, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Location: Fort Sam Houston Golf Club, 1050 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Join the Alamo Chapter of the Navy League of the United States for a tribute to the men and women who serve in the nation’s sea services. The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 and is comprised of 43,000 civilians in more than 245 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. Uniform of the day for military members. A buffet breakfast of juice, coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, hashbrowns, cheese grits, biscuits and fruit will be served.
Come join us as we recognize and honor Veterans for their service to our country. Open to veterans and their spouses or widows. Pre-register by calling 210-207-3285 by Nov. 2. Veterans, and their guests, will be treated to a complimentary breakfast, a pinning ceremony and entertainment. 9 a.m. Granados Adult & Senior Center, 500 Freiling.
Location: Granados Adult and Senior Center
Come join us as we recognize the Veterans who have served our country. Enjoy a flag ceremony, guests speakers, and a luncheon. RSVP by Nov. 2, 2015 for the luncheon at 210-207-3012. Veterans interested in participating may call 210-207-3010 for information and to sign-up. Complimentary luncheon for Veterans. $3 optional luncheon for guests.
Time: Tuesday, 11/10/2015 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Information about the city and offices can be found here.
Moment of Silence and National Roll Call, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Location: Patriots’ Casa, One University Way, San Antonio
Time: 9 a.m
Texas A&M University-San Antonio will honor service members with a wreath-laying ceremony, moment of silence and National Roll Call on Veterans Day at the Patriots’ Casa. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: The University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus at NW Loop 1604, One UTSA Circle.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in the National Roll Call by reading names of warriors who gave their lives for our country. ROTC units will conduct a pass in review ceremony in the Central Plaza Sombrilla. The pass in review is a long standing military tradition that began as a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his or her troops. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Bauerle Road Garage for a fee.
9:30 a.m.: Wreath-laying ceremony, moment of silence and National Roll Call.
10:30 a.m.: Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band performs
11 a.m.: U.S. Army ROTC & U.S. Air Force ROTC pass in review
The 4th Annual National Veterans Day Run in San Antonio will start and finish at Lady Bird Johnson Community Park in San Antonio. The race will offer two distances including a 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run. We expect a large turnout of Veterans and Active-Duty military to this race so come out and support the men and women of our armed forces.
-Race Goodie Bag at packet pickup
-Pre-race ceremony honoring veterans
-Professional Chronotrack timing for the 5K
-Commemorative finishers pin – all participants
-5K finisher’s medal
-1-mile finisher’s ribbon
Lady Bird Johnson Community Park
10700 Nacogdoches Rd
San Antonio, TX 78217
- 2:00 PM : Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up opens
- 2:50 PM : Pre-Race Veterans Day Ceremony Begins
- 3:11 PM : 5K Race Start
- 3:20 PM : 1-mile Walk/Run Start
- 4:30 PM : Post-Race Announcements and Veterans Celebration
A Veterans Day Program to remember and honor all military members who have served or are currently serving our Nation.
Time: Wednesday, 11 November 2015. 9 a.m
Where: Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery Assembly Area, 1520 Harry Wurzbach
Speaker: Brig. Gen. John L. Poppe, chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps
Location: San Antonio National Cemetery, 517 Paso Hondo St.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Comprised of former slaves, freedmen and Black Civil War veterans, the historic Buffalo Soldiers persevered through the most difficult conditions imaginable to become some of the most elite and most decorated units in the U.S. Army. The annual Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony at the San Antonio National Cemetery honors these past heroes with a keynote speaker, the reading of a memorial list, military honors and taps, and a benediction. Visit http://www.bcbsatx.com for more information
Veterans Day: Salute to Service Concert
When: November 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Where: H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
- Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
- Master Sergeant Harry Kibbe, narrator
- United States Air Force Band of the West, “Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble”
- Captain Rafael F. Toro-Quiñones, conductor
- 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own” Biohazard Brass Band
- Staff Sergeant Keith Evans, Team Leader
- Chief Warrant Officer Thomas W. Hager, Commander
Join the San Antonio Symphony, the USAF Band of the West “Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble,” and the 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own” Biohazard Brass Band as we celebrate our 11th Annual Salute to Service.
Thursday, November 13, 2015
Hiring Red White and You! (Job Fair for Veterans!)
Location: Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The 4th Annual Hiring Red White and You Job Fair is sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Alamo. This event is designed to connect employers seeking qualified candidates with Texas Veterans and their family members seeking employment. Visit Workforce Solutions Alamo at http://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org for more information.
P.S. When you’re beefing up your resume check out this Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator here.
Speaker: Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, commanding general, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and senior Army commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis
Location: MacArthur Parade Field, Fort Sam Houston
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(American Veterans Traveling Tribute known as the “Traveling Wall will be here at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, MacArthur Field from noon Nov.10 – Nov. 13 in the evening.)
The U.S. Army on Fort Sam Houston will host a “Salute to Veterans” ceremony and celebration. The event will welcome and honor our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our nation. The event will include a military review ceremony, military static displays, food and more.
Call 221-0522 for more information
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Celebrate Americas Military presents: Tentative activities: Zoo, Witte, Kids Zone, Train Rides, Softball Tournament, Golf, Lunch, Entertainment. Free for all military ID holders including Active Duty, Dependents, Guard, Reserves, and Retirees.
Time: Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:00 AM?-?5:00 PM
Where: 2315 Avenue B San Antonio, TX 78215