Governor expected for Nimitz ceremony


Veterans Day observance will feature Abbott, Buckingham as speakers


A Veterans Day Program will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The program salutes veterans — both past and present.

This event is free to all and will feature a Color Guard, rifle salute, wreath laying ceremony, music and more.

This year’s special guest speakers are Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Dawn Buckingham.

Monday’s program will open with the posting of the colors by the Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC.

September Van der Stoel will sing the National Anthem and a cadet from the FHS NJROTC will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Capt. Roger Spencer (USN, ret.) will give the invocation and the Fredericksburg Chorale will present a musical selection.

The program will also include a welcome by Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.).

A service medley will be performed by the Fredericksburg Chorale and a cadet from the FHS NJROTC will present the wreath.

The Nimitz Living History Detachment will do the rifle salute and Bill Smallwood will sound Taps.


Dawn Buckingham

Buckingham made history in 2016 as the first Republican from Travis County ever to be elected to the Texas Senate, as well as the first woman ever elected to represent Senate District 24.

She has focused her attention on improving public education, keeping taxes low, strengthening border security and defending life.

Following her first session in 2017, when she was named the Co-Most Valuable Freshman, she became the first legislator to be named to the Sunset Advisory Commission after previously serving as a public member.

In 2019, Buckingham became the first person in 58 years with two years’ or less experience to be named chair of the Senate Nominations Committee, a position responsible for the review of Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointees to agencies and boards across Texas.


Free entry to the National Museum of the Pacific War will be offered to all veterans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10-11.

The National Museum of the Pacific War will provide free admission to the museum for all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military.

These tickets are good for two days’ admission.