February 7, 2012
Miss Texas 2011 Kendall Morris will join the leadership from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), community leaders, soldiers from Fort Hood, Veteran organizations, and area students in honoring Veterans Tuesday as part of VA’s National Salute to Veterans. The public is invited to participate in either the Waco VA Medical Center event starting at 10 a.m. or Temple’s Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center event starting at 1:20 p.m.
"On February 14, I welcome the public to join us for the National Salute to Veterans to say thank you to our nation’s heroes.” said CTVHCS Director Thomas Smith, III, FACHE. “Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to recognize our Veterans as the heart of America’s freedom and to let them know we have not forgotten them or their sacrifices.
Smith said groups will be distributing thousands of Valentines made by school children and organizations, along with refreshments, “I am loved” balloons, and good cheer to Veterans at CTVHCS.
Waco: Activities begin at 10 a.m. in Stracke Auditorium (Building 6) at the Waco VA Medical Center. In addition to Miss Texas 2011, special guests participating include representatives from Congressman Bill Flores’s office, State Senator Brian Birdwell, Waco Mayor Jim Bush.
Temple: Activities begin at 1:20 p.m. inside the main Teague Hospital entrance lobby (Building 204 entry adjacent to Valet parking) at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. In addition to Miss Texas 2011, special guests participating include representatives from Congresman John Carter’s office, State Senator Brian Birdwell, Temple Mayor Bill Jones, and a local Barber Shop Quartet. At 3 p.m. Miss Texas will perform in the Teague Center Domiciliary Dining Hall.
For more information about the event, call Voluntary Service office at 254-743-0515 or 254-743-2893.
Media wishing to attend either ceremony should contact Deborah Meyer at (254) 534-0304.