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November 27, 2014

Kemah Boardwalk to honor nation’s heroes this weekend

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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:05 am

KEMAH — Kemah Boardwalk will pay tribute to our armed forces with its fourth annual Salute to Military Service celebration Friday through Sunday.

Kemah Boardwalk and the city of Kemah will celebrate and honor our nation’s heroes with a weekend of entertainment, exhibits and fun for everyone.

Kemah Boardwalk will be transformed into a walking tour of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Active military members, veterans and their families will receive 50 percent off all-day, all-ride passes as well as 25 percent off retail throughout the weekend.

Military personnel must present current military ID, retired ID or department of defense form 214 that shows service dates to receive military discount.

Kicking off the salute at 2:30 p.m. Friday, 100 wounded veterans and their families will parade through the city of Kemah, with viewing open to the public.

The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund organization is sponsoring this year’s parade, as well as the entire weekend, for these well-deserving families.

Afterward, guests will be able to view the military displays and enjoy live entertainment including a performance by Bulbo from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the plaza at the Kemah Boardwalk.

“Once again, we are proud to salute our armed forces by recognizing their service and raising awareness for their unrelenting commitment to our country,” said Mark Kane, vice president of Landry’s Amusements Division.

“Kemah Boardwalk looks forward to hosting this event each year and invites the community to come out and support our nation’s heroes.”

The main event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with various events and activities. At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., guests can witness a Buffalo Soldier Museum re-enactment as period actors demonstrate the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Harriet Tubman story.

From noon to 8 p.m., viewing of the Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” exhibit will be available every 30 minutes.

Guests can participate in the Laser Shot Interactive exhibit, which is a training tool our military marksmen use, in front of lighthouse buffet, also from noon to 8 p.m.

A special performance by the 36th ID U.S. Army Band will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the Palapa Stage.

Houston Texans Cheerleaders will be located at the Bradford Plaza to take pictures and meet fans from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday also will present an unforgettable moment when more than 100 U.S. Army and U.S. Navy new recruits are sworn in by Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet and a keynote address from Maj. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells during a special ceremony at 4:45 p.m.

After the ceremony, U.S. Army soloist Sgt. First Class Richard Rudd III will perform the national anthem to accompany a unique experience as the All Veterans Parachute Jump Team, many of whom are former U.S. Army Golden Knights, execute a free-fall parachute demonstration at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the plaza.

The main event will culminate with a showstopping performance by both the Sheila Marshall Band on the plaza stage and the Southern Freedom Band on the Palapa Stage from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, the celebration continues with the Buffalo Soldier Museum re-enactment at 1:30 p.m.

Each day, visitors will have the chance to explore static displays and participate in interactive tours and various demonstrations of our country’s military branches and their weapons systems and equipment.