UPDATED: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 3:07pm
Waco, Tx — As everyone should be aware, Veterans Day is this coming Sunday. For all of us, it's a time to say "thank you" to all the men and women who have so bravely fought for the independence of our country. Ceremonies and celebrations have already begun in Central Texas.
Hundreds of Central Texans gather at the VA Hospital in Waco on Friday, thankful to courageous soldiers who have made it possible to live in a land of the free and home of the brave.
"We wouldn't have today without the veterans," said Bobby Zimmerman, Chief of Voluntary Services for the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System.
The Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System tends to the medical needs of veterans on a daily basis. In honor of Veterans Day, hospital staff and the community gathered to salute patriotism.
"It's always very special for them to learn who veterans are and what they've done for our great nation," said Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System Director, Thomas Smith.
"We try to take care of our veterans the best we can, and so we need community involvement," said Zimmerman.
Veterans Day has roots going back as far as 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day. Along the way, the name has changed, but the holiday's meaning hasn't.
"Americans honor those brave men and women who've risked their lives in service to our nation and their dedication to America," said U.S. Representative of Texas 17th District, Bill Flores, who was also Friday's keynote speaker.
A plaque with 25 new names was honored as well at the ceremony.
Every year, we have names added to our special plaques of memorials for those veterans who've died," said Smith.