The Texas City Rotary Club and the city of Texas City will hold its annual event honoring our veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion in Nessler Park, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.

Veterans will receive a Rotary Veteran pin and a very warm welcome. There will be a speaker and musical entertainment by one of our school’s choirs. It’s all free and everyone is invited.

This event is for all of us to honor all of our veterans. Certainly our veterans of foreign wars and all veterans that served in harm’s way (dodged bullets) are our real heroes. However, a veteran is anyone that served in the armed forces (wore a uniform). Many of us served behind the lines, in administrative positions and reserves; all necessary to wage war and protect our citizens and friends.

When we say “veteran” I expect each of us have a slightly different feeling of what that word means, but probably not the real meaning. To be a veteran the first things one must do is sign a piece of military paper and recite a vow; the vow being words that describe what you will commit to do by your signature. Now think about this. When we get married we also sign a piece of paper and exchange vows; one often being “til death do us part.” Now, really, we never meant that we would die for our spouse and in fact if in a couple of weeks we change our mind, it’s done; forget the vows, I’m gone. Not so with the military paper you signed; no take backs. You signed a paper that basically turned your body and your life over to a military fighting group for a specified time to be used up (die) if necessary.

This is serious stuff; you may later be referred to as (KIA) killed in action, (MIA) missing in action, (POW) prisoner of war, (DV) disabled vet or, hopefully, war hero with medals to signify such. My point is that a veteran is a very special and serious person. Our recent military deaths make my point. It’s not for everyone and that’s OK; some are not suited for the ultimate commitment and choose to serve in other ways. Hope this changes the way you feel when you say “veteran.” All veterans (everyone that signed the paper) are invited and all deserve our thanks.

If you have never been to one of these events you’ve missed a very moving part of the program where each group of veterans gather (or stand) before the audience by which service they served as their respective hymns are played.

As always (since the dates are nearly the same) we also recognize the U.S. Marine Corps birthday on Nov. 10; 242 years of service since 1775.

And finally we will have free hot dogs and drinks for everyone.

Harvey Cappel lives in Texas City.

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Doyle Beard

I hope there is a great turnout to honor the real Heroes of America. So many have fought for our freedom and deserve the honor of appreciation. give up football and honor the heroes.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [...give up football and honor the heroes.]

Isn't that the same thing those Russian bots are saying to try to get Americans to fight? I mean trying to pretend that the Black Lives Matter protest is trying to disparage veterans. No it isn't. I'm a veteran, I would know.

Doyle Beard

thats debatable

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [ thats debatable]

What part?

Doyle Beard

not all veterans have respect for veterans. Where does that put you ? you do your thing but I will continue to pause when the anthem is played to pay my respect for our heroes.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [not all veterans have respect for veterans. Where does that put you ? ]

If you were a veteran you would know that isn't true very often. We are a brotherhood & sisterhood. We understand what we went through better than anybody. With a few exceptions most of the veterans I know are not as invested in nativism or nationalism as you imagine. They've seen the sausage made so they aren't in awe anymore. The vets I associate with distrust flag waving zealots.

==> [ you do your thing but I will continue to pause when the anthem is played to pay my respect for our heroes.]

Better yet go volunteer at a veterans' center or join your local Guard or Reserve. That means a lot more than standing up for a song.

Doyle Beard

Your 2nd sentence echoes just what I said and you are arguing. I said not all veterans and you said not very often. Gee whiz.
Also for your info I have been there.Your assumptions are are incorrect. Get a life man.

Doyle Beard

Also the vets I associate with love the flag and anthem and are always happy to stand and honor their fellow veterans. Whee does that put you like I asked before?

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [ Also the vets I associate with love the flag and anthem and are always happy to stand and honor their fellow veterans. Whee does that put you like I asked before?]

All veterans are not flag waving fanatics, but some are. Others, like me, tend to be more thoughtful about issues and avoid zealotry. We understand the price that has to be paid for mindless nationalism. We know responsible people need to check their exuberance. The best thing you can do for veterans is to avoid wars, especially wars of choice. You don't get there by being a mindless flag waver. Impassioned flag waving does not make you a patriot. It makes you a liability.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [Also for your info I have been there.]

You have been where?

Doyle Beard

Mark if you calling me a flag waver you are an idiot, I just appreciate the sacrifices the military has done for America and never hesitate to thank them. we can thank them enough and owe them a debt we cant repay.

Doyle Beard

Mark your post are hogwash jujt posting to try to argue a point but sorry you have no point. Using a clean word hogwash is the cleanest word I can think of, not really what wit really is. Not reallly what I think it is but wont post it as there are women and children that might see it .

Jose' Boix

Congratulations and thanks to Harvey and the Rotarians for their continued support honoring our Veterans. Let's hope for a great turn out!

Doyle Beard

Yesterday at an event honoring veterans I heard a 94 yr old vet say Uncle say "Uncle Sam said I want you," and he said" I need to go." It was no choice, it was a duty. This will give true patriots a chill. Thank him and millions more like him.
I will be attending another event honoring veterans this afternoon. There are 2 in the county at same time and wish I could be at both. How about you guys. I know some will be watching the disrespecters. I hope not many.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: [ I know some will be watching the disrespecters. I hope not many.]

You are like one of those Russian bots that keeps trying to divide America by pretending a peaceful protest is meant to dishonor veterans. That is a lie.

Doyle Beard

Dummy I never said it was. I dont care how much they protest just dont disrespect the vets. There is a time and place for eveything but people llike you dont have enough class to understand that.

Jose' Boix

The Texas City Rotary Club did an outstanding job once again today with their Veteran Day Salute. The program was excellent with a tremendous Veterans' Message by US Army Veteran and Texas Ranger Joe Haralson, and musical renditions by Dennis Johns and teacher Rachel Smith and the Levi Fry Choir. There was a great crowd in attendance. Special thanks to Rotarians, the City of Texas City and the many sponsors who made this event possible once again in 2017.

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