Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The 16th annual Veterans Day Celebration at Spring Forest Middle School will be observed on Friday, Nov. 11. Since its first year, this celebration of U.S. military veterans and their families has become one of the top gatherings for students and veterans across west Houston. The campus is located at 14240 Memorial Drive.
Due to extensive road construction work along Memorial Drive, including in front of the middle school, a shuttle bus will operate from 7:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans and their families are encouraged to park at Don Coleman Coliseum on Dairy Ashford and take a free shuttle bus to the program.
This year’s observance will include an 8 a.m. family breakfast followed by a 9 a.m. program in the school gym. Guest speaker will be U.S. Army Col. Bernie McCabe, who is the grandfather of a Spring Forest Middle seventh-grader. His Army awards include the Silver Star, two Bronze Medals for Valor and three Purple Hearts.
Col. McCabe, a Houston resident, served in the Army for 30 years, beginning with the Vietnam War. In 1966, he served with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and Special Operation units. As a commissioned second lieutenant, McCabe spent three tours in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was later chosen for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force) and served in operational position. In 1992, he was assigned Deputy Commander of Delta Force, and assumed the group command two years later.
His educational history has included a bachelor of science degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., a master of science degree from Harvard University while at the Naval War College, and special military education through his Army command and General Staff College. He has taught military history and political science at the college level.
He retired from Marathon Oil Corp. as global security manager, and is the current owner of Sandair, an aviation and security consulting firm. He is a vice president with Universal Safety and Security Solutions, too. A Spring Forest Middle student, Mac Konitzer, is his grandson.
At the Spring Forest Middle observance, the Patriot Paws chapter based at Texas A&M University will honor the school for its past support. A special fundraising effort with this military-related philanthropy is also under way this year.
Heritage Texas Properties and the school PTA sponsor this annual event. All local veterans and their families are invited. To RSVP or for questions, please call Jana Gwinn at 713-251-4618.
Several other Veterans Day events are planned at local campuses on the same day.