, Port Arthur, Texas

November 9, 2013

Southeast Texans to pay tribute to military veterans

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Southeast Texans will celebrate the nation’s military veterans and the sacrifices these men and women made to protect freedom Monday, and throughout the week.

Though Monday is the official day designated to honor the nation’s veterans, an exhibit at the Port Arthur Public Library will provide opportunity to do so through Friday.

The library’s veterans exhibit is shown on eight screens that comprise the facility’s revolving Library Art Gallery.

World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, Korean Conflict, and present day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display through Friday.

“The purpose is to bring honor to veterans and to bring awareness of what they went through,” Jose David Martinez, Port Arthur library director, said.

Each screen showcases a different war and the nation’s military men and women who fought those wars. Each is accompanied with music from the era.

Each war’s music will bring back memories, and serves as a historical guide to that era, Martinez.

Though it was difficult to find music from the World War I era, World War II was a time when published music was both patriotic and plentiful.

By the Vietnam era, the nation’s playlist had changed, becoming darker and often critical of the war.

Photos of each war tell another story, from the olive drab uniforms of WWI to the tan camo uniforms in Desert Storm, each is a reminder of wars fought on far away soils.

Each screen has at least 10 photos.

The exhibit is on display through Friday, Nov. 15 during library hours from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday.

The library is open on Veteran’s Day Monday so all can enjoy the exhibit.

Other Veterans Day observances planned for Monday include:

Combined cities service in Port Arthur.

The City of Port Arthur in conjunction with the City of Groves and the City of Port Neches is hosting a Veteran’s Day Commemorative Program in honor of all veterans at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Captain George Paitl, Commanding Officer, U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, a senior officer who has held high level command assignments nationally and internationally. His current command includes the Golden Triangle area. The program will feature musical tributes, proclamations, and recognitions in honor of veterans, active service personnel, and first responders. Everyone is invited, and encouraged, to attend. Light refreshments will follow the event.

Port Neches

The 30th Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration wil be at Oak Bluff Memorial Park 618 Block Street, Port Neches, on Monday Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Melancon’s Funeral Home and Oak Bluff Memorial Park will join with the VFW Post 4820 in paying our respects to all of our Veterans.

Guest Speaker will be Col. Chris Lamson, USMC (Ret) of ICF International and the Marine Corps League with the students of Woodcrest Elementary School performing patriotic songs.

TJMS to host Veterans Day tribute

Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 2200 Jefferson Drive, will host a Veteran’s Day tribute at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Parents, community members and local veterans are invited.Veterans are asked to check in at the main table upon entering the auditorium and are invited to attend a small reception following the program.

The event is sponsored by the Jefferson Fine Arts, Technology and Social Studies departments.


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