Woodlands Veterans Day event to honor members of military
The Woodlands Township is once again hosting a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony, honoring the men and women who have served the United States in all branches of the military.
The ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, at Town Green Park. There will be a booth for care package items to be dropped off, as well as several speakerds, highlighted by a speech from Retired Brig. Gen. Henry Ostermann, who is the U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Texas.
Nick Wolda, the township’s director of communications, said the annual event will be the hosted by township officials, who had decided several years ago that a larger, more celebratory event honoring all veterans was needed in The Woodlands. Both township board Chairman Gordy Bunch — the U.S. Coast Guard — and township board Member Brian Boniface — U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard — are military veterans and regularly offer thanks and commendations to members of the military during board meetings.
“It is so important to recognize our veterans,” Wolda said. “The township, being relatively new, decided to have a formal program honoring veterans. It shows them that township staff, the Board of Directors, local residents honor them for their service.”
The event will kick-off at 4:30 p.m., Wolda noted, with the reading of a proclamation from the township board recognizing Veterans Day in The Woodlands, followed by a series of speakers including recently re-elected Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), township leaders, and Ostermann.
There will also be music performed by a bagpiper group who will play various patriotic tunes, including snippets from the officials songs for each branch of the United States military.
“The entire program will go for about an hour,” Wolda said.
Ostermann, the keynote speaker, has a lengthy resume of military service. An El Paso native, he graduated from Texas A & M and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. Ostermann has held command positions in the Army, including numerous units in Texas and other states. In 2008, he retired at the rank of brigadier general. In 2010, he was appointed to his current position as ambassador of the Army Reserve.