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Houston’s biggest Veterans Day tribute starts with a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Hermann Square in front of City Hall.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Five Candis Martin, an Iraq War veteran and Bronze Star Service Medal recipient. Her son, Tom, a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, was killed in Iraq in October 2007.

A parade through downtown will follow at 11:45 a.m., and afterward, the city’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs will host the first AT&T Veterans Job Fair.

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UHCL’s Liberty Park, 2700 Bay Area Blvd.

Larry Thomas, a Southwest Airlines pilot who served 22 years in the Texas Air national Guard at Ellington Field, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which runs 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Emmy-nominated Juan Manuel will sing a tribute to veterans.

Vintage military vehicles and equipment will be on display, along with an Army National Guard helicopter.

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Brookside Intermediate School, 3535 E. FM 528 in Friendswood

Brookside Intermediate will hold a Veterans Day concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Clear Creek school’s Commons.

The concert, titled Together We Can Honor All Who Served, is part of Veterans Day Awareness Week. Throughout the week, the school will accept donations for the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston.

Items that are being requested at toiletries for both men and women, which include body powder, hand lotion, shampoo, conditioned, toothpaste, new toothbrushes, shaving cream, non-alcoholic mouthwash, brushes and combs. New socks for both men and women will also be accepted, as well as new decks of playing cards.



Woodforest Bank Stadium, 19115 David Memorial Drive, Shenandoah

The combined Armed Services Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Conroe Independent School District will perform a Salute to Our Veterans at 9:45 a.m. Thursday .

Lt Col Singlar, Commander of 1-158th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) will be the guest speaker. The Celebration will include an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter static display provided by the 1-158th ARB.



Brazoria County Courthouse, Angleton

The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the unveiling of two statues on the courthouse lawn as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for the Veterans Memorial Ring of Honor.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will follow Cedar Street to Downing Street, then proceed to Angleton High School’s new stadium.

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14240 Memorial Drive in Houston

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel George Gagnon, a Memorial High School graduate, will be the keynote speaker at Spring Forest Middle School’s ceremony on Thursday.

Gagnon, who was on the ground in Afghanistan during Enduring Freedom in 2002, will talk about his experiences in Afghanistan and elsewhere during his 27 years of service and about freedoms, including educational freedoms.

The event starts at 8 a.m. with abreakfast and continues with performances by choir, band, orchestra, Navy Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps and theater students. Assistant band director Joshua Ritchie, a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, will play Taps.



2525 Seagler in Houston

As in years past, Ascension Episcopal School’s fifth grade will perform and recognize invited veterans in a special program Nov. 10, under the guidance of teacher Alan Bauch, who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy. The program will start with a gathering at 9 a.m. around the flagpole



Rice Memorial Center’s Ray Courtyard

Rice University will honor the more than 100 veterans among its faculty, staff and students at an 11 a.m. ceremony that’s to include a flag raising by the Navy ROTC.

Employees and students who are veterans are invited to wear their uniforms. A reception will follow the 20-minute ceremony.

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San Jacinto College’s south campus, 13735 Beamer Road, will celebrate veterans with an event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Student Center.

Veterans Affairs, the city of Houston, and other organizations will attend a celebration at the Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Interactive Learning Center, Room T102.



Campus library, 1200 Amburn Road in Texas City

Col. Christopher W. Sallese of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston and Lt. Junior Grade Michael Gibson of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will speak at a ceremony that runs 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.



1601 NASA Parkway, Houston

Space Center Houston and the Texas National Guard will host Salute Our Troops Day Saturday to collect specially requested items for U.S. troops currently serving in Afghanistan. Requested items include white t-shirts and socks, batteries and boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

The day will include special guest appearances by mixed martial arts fighter Tim Kennedy, a Green Beret and Medal of Valor recipient, along with astronaut and Air Force Col. Lee J. Archambault, a veteran of two shuttle missions who logged more than 4,250 flight hours in 30 aircraft and flew 22 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.

Family activities will include such military displays as a U.S. Army Apache helicopter and a Navy SEAL desert patrol vehicle, as well as a basic training boot camp with U.S. Army drill instructors.

Every visitor who brings in a donation and presents a Space Center Houston coupon will receive half off admission. In addition, all military personnel in uniform with a Space Center Houston coupon will receive half-off admission that day as well.

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San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site in LaPorte

The monument will admit active and retired military personnel and their accompanying family members and guests to all its venues free of charge through Sunday, Nov. 14.

The monument is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Compiled from staff and wire reports, including the Houston Chronicle’s Lindsday Wise and Chronicle correspondent Flori Meeks.