The West Texas VA Health Care System held their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Howard College in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the Sonic Floor.
Captain Rachel McKain of Salvation Army Big Spring, U.S. Army Veteran, was the Emcee during the event. The Posting of Colors was conducted by the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard. Then the Howard College Diplomats lead the crowd during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mark Watt, Howard College Choir Director, sang the National Anthem and performed patriotic music during the event. Invocation was conducted by Rev. Dean Thomas, U.S. Army Veteran.
Administrative Dean of Instruction and Student Services Erin MacKenzie gave the welcoming remarks and Carmen Habour, Council Member, District 2 presented the Proclamation of Veterans Day.
A Veterans Day poem was read by Forsan student Jacy MacKenzie, and Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman was the guest speaker. During her speech, she requested the veterans to stand and she thanked them for their service. She then encouraged veterans to tell their story because it was one worth telling.
The Placing of the Wreath was done by the Gold Star Family Members and Captain McKain then performed Taps.
The end of the program was closed out by a performance of "I'm Proud to be an American" by the Big Spring Boys & Girls Club students.