Veterans Day is a time to honor those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.
When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.
Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year -- November 11 -- regardless of on which day of the week it falls.
There are several events scheduled to honor veterans in Athens this Thursday, November 11.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Veterans will be celebrated with free admission to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One Tribe Foundation, Hometown Hero Outdoors, The Fallen Outdoors, Freedom Hunters, and Lone Star Warriors Outdoors will be some of the organizations on hand. Come find out more about these awesome organizations, what they have to offer, and donate to support their efforts to help get veterans outdoors. There will also be guided fishing trip giveaways for veterans at Veterans Day at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center!
Professional Anglers Gary Klein and Kelly Jordon will be there to meet veterans so swing on by and get an autograph.
East Texas Arboretum
The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Wall at the East Texas Arboretum at 11 a.m.
Speakers will include Athens Mayor Toni Garrard Clay, County Judge Wade McKinney, USAF Randy Bell, and Judge Scott McKee.
Music will be by Chris Baker and by Athens Christian Preparatory Academy elementary students.
Admission to this event is free.
Lone Star Republican Club at The Texan
The Lone Star Republican Club will host a Veterans Day Barbecue from 4-7 p.m. at The Texan.
All veterans and active military are invited to join us for fellowship and a meal. Vets show us your military ID or wear your uniform and your meals are free and all other guests are $15 per person.