|HOUSTON - In honor of Houston's veterans, first responders, and volunteers who have led Houston's recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner will host the annual "Houston Salutes American Heroes" Veterans Day Celebration and the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
“It is always an honor to recognize our local heroes and their families on November 11th – every year it’s such a source of inspiration and patriotic pride,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We are especially proud to welcome the Travis Manion Foundation and their 9/11 Heroes Run to downtown Houston to raise funds for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and help our citizens in need of assistance.”
The celebration will begin at 8 a.m. with the nationally recognized Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, originally scheduled for September 9, 2017. The salute continues with the AARP Veterans Job & Resource Fair starting at 8 a.m., lasting until 12 p.m. in Hermann Square at City Hall. Symbols of Freedom, presented by Wells Fargo, will feature military displays and activities at City Hall.
The traditional Veterans Day Ceremony presented by H-E-B will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall with a 21-Gun Salute. The ceremony will end at 11 a.m. with a moment of silence in memory of the signing of the WWI Armistice. Don Nelson, retired military and formerly with ABC, will emcee the ceremony.
All proceeds from registration (excluding cost of shirts/fulfillment) will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The entire event will take place from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.
To register and to learn more about the 9/11 Heroes Run, please visit http://www.travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2017-houston-tx/