Veterans Day activities plentiful around town

Various area schools and organizations are making plans to celebrate Veterans Day, a day in which America honors all those who have ever served and who are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Besides regular military service, the day also honors those who serve in the reserves or national guard.

This year’s holiday will be Monday, Nov. 11.

Pacific War Museum

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard, as the Nimitz Museum will host its annual Veterans Day observance.

Serving as this year’s keynote speaker will be Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.).

Rice graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and has commanded a squadron, group, wing, the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and a joint command.

Among his duty assignments have been as a White House Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, as a professional staff member for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and as the Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council.

Rice served as Chief of Staff of the Office of the Representative and Executive Director for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

The Veterans Day program will begin with opening remarks by Joe Cavanaugh, director of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The invocation will be given by Capt. Roger Spencer (U.S. Navy, ret.).

The Lackland-based National Security Agency of the Central Service Section will present the colors.

The Fredericksburg High School Navy Junior ROTC will lead the National Anthem. The Nimitz Living History Detachment will execute the three-gun volley, followed by the performing of “Taps” by Bill Smallwood and Lt. Col. Randy Richter (Ret.).

Also, Ambleside School Choir will perform a musical medley during the program.

The event will also feature a formation flyover and Missing Man formation flown by the local Hill Country Bird Dogs, just prior to 11 a.m.

There will be a short concert by bagpipers, Patrick Regan from Carnegie Mellon University and an international instructor and judge with a local bagpiper, Ian Blackie, in the Samuel B. Robertson Pavilion following the program, which is free and open to the public.

The museum is located at 340 East Main Street.

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