City of Houston celebrates Veterans Day
November 12, 2014
A gentleman in Civil War gear sits and waits before all the participants head over to their respective parade places. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
A soldier is greeted by a child with a hug. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
A soldier, Col. Nguyen, waits for the parade to commence. Later in the parade, he stood in front of marchers and recorded them. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
UH’s Spirit of Houston leading the way. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
A child of a Marine veteran poses in front of the camera. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
A student on UH-Downtown’s Student Veterans Organization float waved the Marine Corps flag. The prior Veterans Day was the Marine Corps’ 239th birthday. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
A soldier greets Houston sheriffs on the HSD truck as she passes them. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
Veterans observing the parade. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
The Wounded War Project marches on. | Sara Samora/The Cougar
The WWI Allies and Germany met in France and signed an armistice to cease hostilities at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. The day became known as Armistice Day. It was not until 1954 that the United States changed it Veterans Day.
Despite the cold temperatures, cloudy skies and a small group of protestors, many Houstonians came out in support, waving their American flags and yelling, “Thank you for your service!”
Meanwhile, veterans of all ages and war, as well various JROTC, law enforcements and firefighters marched along; some threw out candy from their floats or trucks, while others and UH’s own Spirit of Houston moved along to the beat.