In honor of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, a special Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park, across from Rockport Harbor.
The event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served after the ceremony at the American Legion (1701 North Church St.). In case of inclement weather, the Veterans Day program will be held at the American Legion.
The ceremony will include presentation and posting of the colors by the ACISD Navy Junior ROTC, recognition of local veterans’ organizations and law enforcement agencies, laying of the wreath and dedication, and the presentation of the National Anthem by Rockport-Fulton High School’s Band and Choir.
Rockport Mayor Pat Rios is emcee.
The guest speaker is Rockport resident LTC (U.S. ANC, Ret.) Helene Harris.
She was born in Chicago, graduated from Niles North High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1974, where she immediately trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
She left the service in 1977 as a Specialist 5, after a successful tour at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.
Harris re-entered the U.S. Army as a Reservist in 1978 in Birmingham where she attended Jacksonville State University and in 1981 received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
After graduation, she was commissioned into the Army Nursing Corps on Active Duty as Second Lieutenant.
As a proud member of the Army Nursing Corps, she served at the Irwin Army Hospital (Fort Riley, KS); Walson Army Hospital (Fort Dix, NJ); 121st Evac Hospital (Yongsan, South Korea); William Beaumont Army Medical Center (El Paso); and 94th General Hospital (Seagoville, TX).
Harris completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas El Paso. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
She and her husband, Bill, who is also a retired Army Nurse, have been married 42 years.