AUSTIN (KXAN) — A day to honor the service of men and women who have fought for freedom. It’s Veterans Day and Central Texas is celebrating with several events on Friday.
In Austin, Congress Avenue will be shut down as the parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Austinites will line the streets starting on the Congress Avenue Bridge and heading towards the State Capitol. The parade lasts until 11 a.m. ending with a memorial ceremony on the south steps of the State Capitol.
In Pflugerville, you can visit the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall with 58,000 names listed of the veterans who lost their lives in combat. A veteran who helped assemble the wall got emotional as he spoke to KXAN.
“I have a lot of friends on that wall… it’s hard,” said veteran Edmond Croix. He served in the military for 53 years and spent two of those years in Vietnam with the infantry. Croix says he can still easily name off the friends he sees on the wall.
The Vietnam War Memorial Wall is open to the public 24 hours a day through Sunday.
A group of veterans will also be asking Texas lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana. They say it helps with PTSD, and other health issues for those returning from war. The veterans will gather at the State Capitol Veteran’s Monument Friday afternoon on the north side of the building.