Here at Voice Of Amarillo we would like to thank all of the veterans who have served our great country so faithfully and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With out these brave men and women, many of the freedoms we have would not exist. And for that, we are grateful.

Sometimes I think we, as a country, take for granted all that has been done to make this country so great. All of the men and women who have gone to war, protect our borders, and are ready at a moments notice; do all this to ensure the prosperity of our great country. By their actions, we have the freedoms that we have.

Having a father who served in the Korean War and listening to the stories he told us boys, I know it takes a special kind of person to risk their life for their country. A bravery that not every has. That is why I think it is crucial that we honor these brave men and women. They fight and defend our country for those citizens who are unable to.

Veterans Day is about showing that appreciation and sharing that with those who are serving now and those who have served in the past. While there are many things that we do to honor these brave individuals, I sometimes think that there is no real way we can ever repay them.

Thank you all for your service and have a blessed Veterans Day. Here is a list of some events going on here in Amarillo to honor our veterans.

1. Veterans Day Parade

10 a.m. Saturday, downtown Amarillo starting at 12th Avenue and Polk Street.

2. Thomas E. Creek Amarillo VA Medical Center’s Welcome Home

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 6010 W. Amarillo Blvd.

3. Austin Middle School Veterans Day Program

10 a.m. Wednesday, 1808 Wimberly Road.

4. Windsor Elementary School Veterans Day Program

8:15 a.m. Nov. 11, 6700 Hyde Parkway.

5. Travis Middle School Veterans Day Program

10 a.m. Nov. 11, 2815 Martin Road.

6. Veterans Day Program

11 a.m. Nov. 11, Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4101 S. Georgia St.

7. Gene Howe Elementary Veterans Day Program

1 p.m. Nov. 11, 5108 Pico St.

8. Houston Middle School Veterans Day Program

2 p.m. Nov. 11, 815 Independence St.

9. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Veterans Day Program

2:15 p.m. Nov. 11, 1515 S. Georgia St.

10. America Supports You Texas Hamburger Cookout

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Westgate Chevrolet, Interstate 40 and Coulter Street.

11. VFW Post 1475 Free Chicken-Fried Steak Dinner and Dance

5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 1401 S.W. Eighth Ave. Dance after dinner from 7 to 10 p.m.