The 14th annual Veterans Day Celebration at Spring Forest Middle School will be observed on Tuesday, November 11. Since its founding, this west Houston public celebration of military veterans and their families has grown into one of the city’s top gatherings of veterans and students. Spring Forest Middle School is located at 14240 Memorial.
This year’s Veterans Day Celebration is expected to attract about 125 veterans and family members for a morning breakfast and school-wide ceremony. The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. It will be followed by a 9 a.m. patriotic assembly. The keynote speaker will be Retired U.S. Army Col. Ed Dyer, who served from 1964 until 1996 and was awarded two Purple Hearts. Col. Dyer’s many assignments include deputy for policy analysis on the staff of Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, 1989 to 1992. Texas Rep. Jim Murphy, District 133, and other area dignitaries will also attend.
The patriotic assembly will feature performing groups ranging from student choir, orchestra, concert and symphonic bands, to theater students. Emcees are officers with the Spring Forest Middle School National Jr. Honor Society and the Student Council. SBISD’s Naval Jr. ROTC will present the colors at the assembly.
Col. Dyer of Katy is a native of Waco. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Bronze Stars, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and two Purple Heart medals. He ended his military career as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
As part of the Veterans Day Celebration, Spring Forest Middle students will collect funds for the local nonprofit group Operation Interdependence through an effort called “Postage for Patriots.” The nonprofit group sends care packages to military worldwide. All funds collected will help with mailing costs of the care packages.
Heritage Texas Properties and the school PTA are sponsors for the Spring Forest Middle School Veterans Day Celebration. All veterans and family are invited to the event. To RSVP, call Eighth-Grade Counselor Jana Gwinn at 713-251-4618.