The Houston Astros and Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a special event to honor veterans on Monday at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros Salute to Veterans Presented by Occidental Petroleum will honor our nation’s military and veterans with a special thanks to those who served in World War II. Gates will open at 11 a.m. and tickets will be free at the gates. Concessions will be open and musical entertainment, including special performances by country music legends Gary Morris and Tracy Byrd, will begin at noon. There will also be a live demonstration by the Re/Max Sky Diving Team of Texas and the Honor Your Veteran photo display on the video board, featuring photos of veterans of any era submitted by the community.
A screening of the award-winning documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission on the big screen in Minute Maid Park will highlight the event. This inspiring documentary is about volunteers racing against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial constructed for them in 2004. As you can imagine, these “Honor Flights” are full of moving surprises.
Prior to the screening, the event will feature guest speakers US Senator John Cornyn, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Adjutant General of Texas John Nichols, Col. Deborah Grays from the US Army, Texas DAR State Regent Pamela Wright, World War II veteran Col. George McDowell, producer of Honor Flight Clay Broga and Chairman and Owner of the Houston Astros Jim Crane.
Another special element of the event is the Consul General of France Sujiro Seam honoring eight United States World War II veterans with the medal of Chevalier in the French Order of the Legion of Honor in the Union Station Lobby of Minute Maid Park. This order was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has remained the highest, most prestigious, decoration in France. Those scheduled to attend are Senator John Cornyn, Mayor Annise Parker, Brigadier General Brently White, and Colonel Robert Samborski along with students from the Awty International School, Waltrip High School and the HISD Jr. ROTC program from Davis High School. Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton will serve as emcee.