Join us for our annual Veterans Day Program in the Memorial Courtyard and say thank you to those who have and are serving our country
NMPW will conduct its annual Veterans Day program saluting our veterans, both past and present. This event is free to all and will feature a Color Guard ceremony, rifle salute, wreath presentation and more.
This year’s special guest speakers are Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Dawn Buckingham.
2019 Veterans Day Program
National Museum of the Pacific War
Monday, November 11, 2019
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
We are expecting a record crowd at this year's Veterans Day Program. Get to the venue early to grab a seat. Also, be sure to dress warm! The forecast calls for a 30 to 40% chance of rain and temperatures in the low 60s.
Special Guest Speakers
As the 48th Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family, and freedom.
Under Governor Abbott’s strong leadership and careful stewardship of the 10th-largest economy in the world, the Lone Star State leads the nation in job creation, and recently reached a record-low unemployment rate.
Landmark legislation was passed in the recent 86th Legislative Session that included all of Governor Abbott’s priorities to address the state’s most pressing issues, including reining in property taxes, reforming Texas’ school finance system, improving school safety, and strengthening disaster preparedness and response.
Other notable successes include combatting human trafficking, protecting free speech on college campuses, ensuring medical care for babies born alive after attempted abortions, banning red light cameras, and more—all of which were accomplished in a 140-day session noted for its bold ideas and collaboration.
These successes build on Governor Abbott’s prior legislative victories making Texas even freer, stronger, safer and smarter: investing in critical border security; reforming the child protective system; investing more in early and higher education; cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth; reining in regulatory regimes that strangle innovation; improving Texas roads; and expanding protection of Texans’ constitutional rights.
Before his election in 2014, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving Attorney General of Texas, where he earned a national reputation for defending religious liberty and protecting Texas communities and children. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as a State District Judge in Harris County.
A native Texan and avid sportsman and hunter, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging.
Governor Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a college student.
Dawn Buckingham made history in 2016 as the first Republican from Travis County ever to be elected to the Texas Senate, as well as the first women ever elected to represent Senate District 24. Dr. Buckingham has focused her attention on imporving public education, keeping taxes low, strengthening border security, and defending life. Dr. Buckingham's tireless work ethic allowed her to make a significant impact during her first term in legislature.
Following her first session in 2017, when she was name the Co-Most Valuable Freshman, she became the first legislator ever to be named to the Sunset Advisory Commission after previously serving as a public member. This historic appointment allowed her to apply her limited government principles to the Sunset Advisory Commission's review of several key state agencies. In 2019, Dr. Buckingham became the first person in 58 years in two years or less experience to be named Chair of the prestigious State Nominations Committee, a key position responsible for the review of Governor Greg Abbott's appointees to agencies and boards across Texas.