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Honoring members of our military

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It's all about the red white and blue and honoring members of our military, both past and present....the living and our fallen.

The City of Houston held their annual American Heroes Celebration this morning while other smaller neighborhoods and communities held tributes of their own.

Under cloudy skies and a cool breeze....the steps of City Hall were decked out in red white and blue.

Service members in uniform.

Civilians waving American flags.

Even the youngest dressed up for the occasion.

A moment of silence, followed by a ceremony, job fair and health fair.

"Right now I'm coming off from an accident 11 years ago and I need some assistance, I'm taking advantage of the resources today so I can learn what to do," said Marine Harold Foster.

"Probably their biggest challenge would be medical, they come out and have no jobs, no insurance," said Jim Rogers, U.S. Navy.

"We're here to assist vet's in claims, education, answer questions for vet's if they have any," said Cheryl Richards from the Texas Veteran's Commission.

"I couldn't adjust to coming back from being in an area where I was shot at every day, all this stuff happened and trying to find a job was real hard for me because what I did in the military, I couldn't apply it," said Blake Smith, U.S. Army.

"We are always looking for nurses, we like to stock the best, military nurses sure do rock," said Stephanie Zimmer from Nurses Etc. Staffing.

Just after noon, thousands of Houstonians lined the streets of downtown for the city's annual Veteran's Day parade.

On the other side of town, in the Lakewood Estates subdivision of West Houston....a smaller more intimate tribute.

"Community is where it's at for vet's, it's nice to say you fight for Houston, Texas, it's nicer to say you fight for the family next door," said Captain Richard Halferty, U.S. Navy.

"You feel like somebody remembers what happened, maybe they don't know the details, but at least they remember," said Norman J. Lewis, U.S. Navy.

Cub Scouts Pack 598 presented the colors and led the pledge of allegiance...while the Seven Lakes High School Sensations Show Choir performed a World War II song medley.

"As vet's, our task is always to represent those not here with us," said Halferty.

Korean War Vet Captain Richard Halferty says whether it's a city-wide event or small gathering....the Houston community wants veteran's returning from overseas to know...there is help for them, when they arrive back home.

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