Veterans' Day: Events honoring our vets and list of city closures
Veterans' Day will be observed Thursday, Nov. 11, and there are several events happening in San Antonio to honor our veterans.
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Garbage, recyclables and brush will be still be collected, but City Hall and most municipal offices will be closed that day. Other city services will operate as follows:
- Central Library and all branch libraries will be closed
- Downtown visitors will enjoy a parking meter holiday
- Municipal Court, 401 S. Frio, will be closed
- Animal Care Services lobby and adoption center will be closed
- The City Base, Las Palmas, Oak Ridge Plaza, South Park Mall and Valley View Community Link Service Centers will be closed
- All municipal golf courses and facilities will be open
- Bitters Brush Recycling Center, 1800 Bitters Road, will be open
- Dead animal collection crews, animal care officers, and police, fire and EMS personnel will be on duty as usual
VIA bus routes will run on their regular schedules. The Downtown Information Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All other information centers will be closed, but the Information line, (210) 362-2020, will still be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor our nation’s veterans at 10 a.m. during a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. All 23 citizenship candidates represent four branches of the military: U.S. Army; U.S. Marines; U.S. Coast Guard; and the U.S. Air Force. The Honorable John W. Primomo U.S. Magistrate Judge will deliver the keynote address, as well as administer the Oath of Allegiance, while Gil Gallo, Director, Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery will deliver the welcoming remarks.The new citizens originate from the following 19 countries: American Samoa; Brazil; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Fiji; Germany; Iraq; Jamaica; Liberia; Micronesia; Mexico; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Netherlands; Peru; Philippines; and Sierra Leone.
Soldiers’ Angels received a grant to distribute laptops to severely wounded service members and will distribute 100 laptops to wounded warriors during a Veterans' Day ceremony at 4408 N. PanAm Expressway (across the freeway and passed Brooke Army Medical Center). Doors open at 9 a.m.; laptop distribution will begin at 10 a.m. A reception will follow. The laptops enable wounded service personnel to connect with others, to find online support and to chat with others with similar injuries. Soldier’s Angels collaborates with the Department of Defense’s Computer Assistance Program (CAP) Wounded Service Members Initiative. Soldier’s Angels purchases the laptops and CAP provides the funding for assistive technology and training.
Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT) received a TRIAD Fund grant to provide Segways to enhance mobility for wounded warriors whose ability to walk has been compromised because of an injury sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan. DRAFT will distribute the Segways at a Veterans' Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Alamo.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) will honor all who have served our country at a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Dubuis Lawn at University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway (No. 23 on campus map http://www.uiw.edu/map/index.htm). UIW President, Dr. Louis J. Agnese and the university community will honor their nearly 2,000 veteran students, employees and community members.UIW Virtual University graduate student Lt. Col. Dan Epright, USAF, Defense Media Activity San Antonio will share his experiences as a student and active service member. Maria Edwards, USAF 1999-2008, current student veteran and president of the UIW chapter of the Student Veterans Association (SVA) will also share her experience from this year’s national SVA conference held in Washington, D.C.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76, 10 Tenth St., will hold a Veterans' Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Guest speaker, Albert Mireles USMC. Event also includes the National Anthem sung by Ernie Garibay, Armed Forces Color Guard, VFW Post 76 Honor Guard, San Antonio Pipes & Drums, unveiling dedication of the post's River Walk arch and tribute to World War II veteran, Alex Rodriquez.
Photos by Heather DiMasi