Veterans Day

Ryan Poppe

Texas veterans from across state flocked to the state capitol to celebrate this Veterans Day.  The event was also a chance for veterans to speak out about the ongoing needs and challenges they face in their daily lives.

The 1st Calvary Mounted Color Guard from Ft. Hood ushered in the 63rd Veteran’s Day ceremony at the state capitol as hundreds of veterans and military families from all across the State of Texas make the trip to Austin once a year to honor one another and remember the fallen.

Ryan E. Poppe

  As the sound from the parade leading up to the South Steps of the State Capitol fades away, veterans like former Army Capt. Sabino Rubio have time to reflect on what it means to be a veteran in Texas, where many soldiers still wait months to see a doctor at a VA clinic.

“I would like to see a little more improvement.  A little more staffing at the VA hospitals and medical systems and it would be nice if we could speed that up," Rubio said.

The B-17 has been called the plane that won World War II. Thousands upon thousands of these planes blackened the skies over Germany and France during the war, and thousands of young men risked their lives in the planes to drop bombs that obliterated whole towns in Nazi-controlled Europe.

Ashley Ahearn’s grandfather was one of those men. Her family is from the Boston area, but she’s now a reporter for Here & Now contributor KUOW in Seattle, which, it turns out, is where her grandfather’s B17 was built.

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the service, sacrifice and achievements of Americans who served our nation in uniform.  While you may know veterans from Vietnam and the most recent wars, there is a vanishing breed.  Texas Public Radio recently spoke with two veterans of the "Greatest Generation."

Ninety-two-year-old Fred Chapal still works every day for the Army at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.  But on June 6, 1944, D-Day, he was on a ship headed for Normandy and Utah Beach in the European Theater.

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Fort Sam National Cemetery

Veterans and other military personnel will be honored at a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the assembly area of the Fort Sam National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach. The keynote speaker will be James Cunningham, president of the Alamo chapter of the Military Officer’s of Association of America. 

Vietnam Wall Traveling Memorial