February 11, 2011
Miss Texas 2010 Ashley Melnick 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 Monday as part of VA’s National Salute to Veterans. The public is invited to participate in the Waco event starting at 10 a.m. or at the Temple event starting at 1:30 p.m.
"The February 14 National Salute to Veterans gives everyone a chance to say thank you to those who have given so much to our nation. This is a great opportunity to let Veterans know they are not forgotten," said CTVHCS Director Thomas Smith.
Smith said, "The group will be distributing thousands of Valentines made by school children and organizations, along with refreshments, "I am loved" balloons and good cheer to inpatients and outpatients at CTVHCS."
Waco: Activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Atrium of Building 94 at the Waco VA Medical Center. Special guests participating include representatives from Senator John Cornyn’s office and Congressman Bill Floress office as well as Waco Mayor Jim Bush.
Temple: Activities begin at 1:30 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. At 3 p.m. Miss Texas will perform in the Teague Center Domiciliary Dining Hall. Special guests participating include representatives from Senator John Cornyns office and Congresman John Carters office as well as Temple Mayor Bill Jones.
For more information about the event, call Voluntary Service office at (254) 743-0515.
Media wishing to attend either ceremony should contact Deborah Meyer at (254) 534-0304.