HARLINGEN — Several ceremonies will be held this weekend in observance of Veterans Day in communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
On Sunday, the dedication of the new Harlingen Veterans Memorial at Pendleton Park will begin with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m.
The prayer service will be led by Pastor Bill Reagan of Loaves & Fishes.
The National Anthem will be performed by the Harlingen Band with singing by the Rendon Sisters, said Fred Rendon, chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee.
Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell will make opening remarks, followed by Dave Phinney singing “God Bless the USA,” accompanied by the Harlingen Band.
Army Col. Kurt Pinkerton, who was commanding officer of Spc. Darrell Shipp’s unit in Iraq, will be the guest speaker.
Shipp, the first soldier from Harlingen killed in Iraq, died in 2007.
A flyover of World War II military aircraft will be provided by the Commemorative Air Force at 11:30 a.m.
In San Benito, Victor Garza, chairman of the city’s Veterans Advisory Board, said local representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Catholic War Veterans have been invited to participate in a ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial.
Veterans and supporters will gather at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and march toward the memorial at the intersection of Sam Houston Boulevard and the railroad tracks.
Today in Harlingen, an elementary school choir will pay tribute to veterans at 9:30 a.m. at the Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd., Harlingen.
Also, a Caregiver Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at VA Outpatient Center.
In Lyford, a Veterans Day program will be held today at 9:30 a.m. at Bulldog Stadium, said George Solis, deputy district commander for the American Legion.
The program will be followed with a brunch for veterans and spouses in the Lyford school gymnasium, he said.
At Lasara Independent School District, a luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. today for veterans and spouses at the Lasara ISD sports complex, Solis said. At 1:15 p.m., a students program for veterans will be held at the Lasara sports complex.
A Veterans Day breakfast and program was held Wednesday at Raymondville High School, Solis said.
Also today on South Padre Island, a “Mayor’s Tribute to Veterans Day” will be held at 2 p.m. at the La Quinta Ballroom at La Quinta Inn Suites, 7000 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island with a free concert by Leslie Blasing, town officials said.
SPI Mayor Robert Pinkerton, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Rev. Beverly Patterson will participate.
On Monday, a breakfast for veterans and spouses will be held at 11 a.m. at the San Perlita ISD gym, Solis said.
Also at 5:30 p.m. Monday, a memorial wall and five flagpoles, each representing one of the five armed services, will be dedicated at Veterans Park in Laguna Vista, City Manager Rolando Vela said.