Starting today, veterans will be celebrated in Baytown, which will kick off a slew of local events this weekend and into Veterans Day on Monday. 

The City of Baytown Parks and Recreation Department will host its first-annual Salute to Service at Town Square from 7 to 9 p.m. 

The event is designed to celebrate past and present service members and will feature free hot dogs and popcorn, lawn games such as corn hole and washers, and a free live performance by the Space City Big Band. 

The Space City Big Band hails from the Clear Lake area and performs across the Houston area. The band plays a variety of swing-style music, which includes and impressive arrangement of more than 10 brass instruments including trumpets, saxophones, trombones and more. 

The event is completely free and guests are encouraged to bring the whole family to celebrate. 

For more information, visit www.baytown.org or call 281-420-6594. 

Saturday 

On Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m., Old River Baptist Church and the West Chamber County Chamber of Commerce will host the third-annual Community Celebration of Veterans at Barbers Hill High School Auditorium. 

Representation from every branch of the military will be at the event and the Veterans Wall will be on display. The wall list the names of nearly 1,300 veterans that are active duty, retired or related to community members. 

For more information, visit www.oldriverbaptist.com

On the same day, the Eastside Veterans Club will host a veteran’s parade at 10 a.m. The parade will lineup at the Crosby Middle School parking lot at 9 a.m. and will head north on FM 2100 to First Street, then to Wahl Street and south back on FM 2100. 

After the parade, around 11 a.m., American Legion Post 658 will feed veterans and their significant others at the American Legion Hall, 14890 FM 2100. 

For more information, call 281-794-5122. 

Monday  

On Veterans Day at 11 a.m. the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 912 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza, 1001 Market St. 

The ceremony will begin with the presentation of the colors by Baytown Veterans Ceremonial Color Guard, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lt. Col. Calvin Dixon, a retiree of the U.S. Air Force, will then give the invocation. 

Mayor Brand Capetillo will welcome guests and Jerry Johnson, commander of VFW Post 912, will introduce the guest speaker, MSgt. Joe Ramirez Sr., U.S. Army retiree who served in the Korean War and was a POW.

The ceremony will end with a rendition of the Armed Forces Medley, America the Beautiful and a benediction. 

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