Veterans Day http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Austin's Veterans Day Parade http://kut.org/post/photos-austins-veterans-day-parade <p></p><p>Austinites took to Congress Avenue today for the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.</p><p>While residents stood and cheered, participants marched their way to the steps of the Texas Capitol for a ceremony honoring veterans lost over the years.</p><p>Standing out within the crowd was Peace Washington Costanzo, dressed as Lady Liberty. Costanzo says she’s been dressing in this outfit for the past two years, and feels the outfit was fitting for today’s parade.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:02:44 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 9161 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Austin's Veterans Day Parade America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Gets Standing Ovation from Obama http://kut.org/post/americas-oldest-veteran-richard-overton-gets-standing-ovation-obama <p>America’s oldest living World War II veteran lives in Austin. And today, he was the guest of honor for a very notable host: President Barack Obama.</p><p>Today wasn’t the first time 107-year-old Richard Overton made the trek to Washington D.C. For this May’s Armed Forces Day, Overton was part of <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">an Honor Flight to the nation’s capital</a>. Nonprofit group <a href="http://www.honorflightaustin.org/">Honor Flight Austin</a> flies World War II veterans to D.C. to show them the national memorial built in their honor.</p><p>As <em><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/10/richard-overton-world-war-ii-vet-obama/3489473/">USA Today reports</a></em>, when Overton visited the capital this spring, he expressed a wish to meet President Barack Obama. “The president was out of town that day,” the paper writes, but Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office facilitated a return visit to D.C. this weekend. And this time, Overton’s request came true.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:56:01 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9154 at http://kut.org America's Oldest Veteran Richard Overton Gets Standing Ovation from Obama Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On http://kut.org/post/veterans-day-2013-whats-open-whats-closed-and-whats-going <p><strong>Veterans Day Parade:</strong></p><p>Travis County and the City of Austin are holding the annual<a href="http://www.nov11.org/"> Veterans Day Parade </a>on Monday to honor service men and women.</p><p>The Grand Marshal of this year’s commemoration and parade is <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">Austinite Richard Arvine Overton</a>, who, at age 107, <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">is the oldest living World War II veteran </a>in the United States.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:47:52 +0000 Emily Mathis 9141 at http://kut.org Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers http://kut.org/post/texas-veterans-stepping-fill-boots-aging-agricultural-workers <p>Agriculture is big business in Texas. Statewide, it has a <a href="http://texasagriculture.gov/About/TexasAgStats.aspx" target="_blank">$100 billion dollar economic impact</a>.</p><p>But the industry may be at risk. The average age of a Texas farmer or rancher is 59. And fewer young people are taking over the labor-intensive work.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set up a program to <a href="http://txagrability.tamu.edu/about-us.php" target="_blank">assist aging agricultural workers</a> in Texas. They’ve also identified a population that may be well-suited for taking over the work – veterans.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119209998%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-WSAnA" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9143 at http://kut.org Texas Veterans Stepping Up to Fill Boots of Aging Agricultural Workers The Lead: Veterans Day News, Armstrong Out at Livestrong http://kut.org/post/lead-veterans-day-news-armstrong-out-livestrong <p>Good morning. This morning's chilly temperatures &nbsp;aren't going anywhere; the <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> the season’s first freeze is expected in the Hill Country tonight. Here’s some stories KUT News has been working on:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/veterans-day-celebrations-and-closures">Veterans Day Celebrations and Closures</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>On Monday, state officials and business leaders will also gather at the Capitol to show gratitude. The event is part of Operation Enduring Opportunity, which encourages businesses nationwide to hire and recruit veterans and their spouses.</p></blockquote><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/11/trials-and-traditions-of-military-life">Trials and Traditions of Military Life</a></strong></li></ul><blockquote><p>On Veterans Day, Americans salute those who have served this country in the armed forces. But service takes many forms: and this year, KUT followed one family dealing with military service. From the soldier whose family has served for generations dating back to World War I, to the family who had to learn how to live without him.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:39:17 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Wells Dunbar 5610 at http://kut.org Veterans Day Celebrations and Closures http://kut.org/post/veterans-day-celebrations-and-closures <p>Sunday, Nov.&nbsp;11 is Veterans Day. On Monday, city, state and federal government offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.</p><p>There are several events planned over the two days to celebrate the service of U.S. military veterans.&nbsp;</p><p>On Sunday, Austin and Travis County will host a <a href="http://www.nov11.org/">Veterans Day Parade</a> downtown. The parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on the South Congress Bridge and head to the Texas Capitol.&nbsp; At 11 a.m., the Commemorative Air Force of San Marcos will hold a memorial and flyover at the south steps of the Capitol. (You can find <a href="http://austintexas.gov/event/veterans-day-parade">information about street closures here.</a>)</p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:24:10 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5600 at http://kut.org Veterans Day Celebrations and Closures Austin Pays Tribute to Veterans http://kut.org/post/austin-pays-tribute-veterans <p>Austinites cheered and saluted war veterans and members of the Armed Forces during the annual Veterans Day Parade on Congress Avenue this morning.</p><p>Jim Torres served in Thailand as an Air Force building engineer during the Vietnam War. He politely smiles, as people shake his hand to thank him for his service. But he says his comrades in arms that deserve it more.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:50:58 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2975 at http://kut.org Austin Pays Tribute to Veterans Top Morning Stories November 11, 2011: It's Veterans Day, Penn State Scandal Reaches San Antonio http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-november-11-2011-its-veterans-day-penn-state-scandal-reaches-san-antonio <p><strong>Veterans Day Closures, Parade</strong></p><p>City of Austin offices are closed today in observance of Veterans Day. That includes City Hall, public libraries, and all recreation, cultural and senior centers. Garbage, recycling and yard trimmings will be picked up as usual.</p><p>The City of Austin and Travis County <a href="http://www.nov11.org/files/outline.pdf">Veterans Day Parade</a> will start at 9 a.m. at the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and will make its way up to the Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Two Texas Soldiers Killed Overseas</strong> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:01:15 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2972 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories November 11, 2011: It's Veterans Day, Penn State Scandal Reaches San Antonio Veteran Seeks to Help Others at Austin Parade http://kut.org/post/veteran-seeks-help-others-austin-parade <P>Thousands of people marked Veteran’s Day with a parade this morning in downtown Austin.&nbsp; Gabriel Galindo served two tours in Iraq.&nbsp; He now&nbsp;supports other veterans through&nbsp;the <A href="http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/">Texas Veterans Commission</A>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Galindo says when veterans leave the service, they often don’t want to talk to someone who hasn’t been through what they’ve been through.</P> <P><SPAN face="">“If I can come out here and talk to some of the veterans, let them know some of our benefits that we can help them with, whether it's getting money for education Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:50:15 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News & Matt Largey 246 at http://kut.org Veteran Seeks to Help Others at Austin Parade Top Morning Stories November 11, 2010 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-november-11-2010 <P><STRONG>Veteran's Day Closures</STRONG></P> <P>City of Austin offices are closed today for Veteran's Day. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:30:57 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 245 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories November 11, 2010