The 1st annual VeteranFest was a giant success. We met so many new veterans and a great number of people came out to show their support. The day started with Mayor Derrick Freeman reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner beautifully played by Lamar University Marching Band led by Director Dr. Eric Shannon. Lamar University Marching Band looked very nice in their bold red suits. Their presence and beautiful sound, especially during the solo Pops performance, let it be known that the VeteranFest would be a day to be remembered. The veterans in the crowd followed suit by giving an impressive hand salute led by Jim Seals. The emcee of the VeteranFest was news anchor Tiffany Murphy. She did a beautiful job and truly shined on stage.
Congressman Randy Weber made a perfect entrance, strolling right up to the stage followed by a round of applause, which signaled that the main event was about to begin. We honored a number of Vietnam Veterans at the VeteranFest. These strong men and 1 woman are permanently remembered on the Young Americans Overseas Wall of Honor. Congressman Brian Babin also sent a representative to deliver handmade certificates to the Vietnam Veterans.
Veterans Day is about ALL Veterans, but at the 1st annual VeteranFest it was a special party for Vietnam Veterans because of the poor welcome home they received all those years ago. It was a beautiful day. The catering from Suga’s and the BBQ cooked by the manager Stu was good. The entertainment was great. After the opening ceremony John Cessac and the Texas Outlaws took their place on the podium and gave a beautiful private concert to the veterans. PGA Golf Pro Dan Flynn did a marvelous job entertaining the guests. Young Americans Overseas transformed Veterans Day into a true party. We are excited for next year –it will be VeteranFest 2.0 we plan to make the VeteranFest into one of the biggest music festivals in Beaumont Texas. Our first year brought in a big crowd and we look forward to seeing the event grow. Veterans Day is a time to remember, but it is also a time for celebration.
The VeteranFest had full news coverage.
See Beaumont Enterprise front page for more VeteranFest news coverage: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Area-Vietnam-veterans-honored-at-Veteran-Fest-10609066.php
See also, Beumont newspaer the Examiner: http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/honor-veterans-day-southeast-texas