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20120905 War Veterans Memorial McAllen Frank Plummer JMB  0081A Veterans Day celebration will be held at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, in McAllen, on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., with Sgt. Major Richard Clem (Ret.) as the keynote speaker.

Clem is recently retired from active duty at the White Sands Missile Base and has been to Afghanistan several times.

Events will start with the raising of a 150-foot high American flag owned by crane operator Jim Shawn. As the flag is raised, Steven Lopez, University of Texas-Pan American student, will sing the national anthem.

The McAllen Fire Department will present the colors. There will be ladder trucks displayed by the fire department on the grounds near the memorial.

A 21-gun salute will be presented to honor veterans.

McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez will welcome Clem. Clem will combine the facts of Pearl Harbor and 911, talking about sneak attacks and the need to remain diligent in protecting our country.

Col. Frank Plummer, (Ret., USA) will discuss the upcoming dedication of the American Spire of Honor to be held April 19.

The McAllen High School band will play before, during and after the ceremony.

Command Sergeant Major Clem (Ret.) graduated from Edinburg High School and immediately enlisted in the army. He has held many leadership positions including Team Chief, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Commander and Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

  He has served his country in Korea, Germany and Afghanistan.

  His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Army Commendation Medal (with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Navy and Marine Medal; the Army Achievement Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Good Conduct Medal (5th award); the National Defense Service Medal; the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with three Campaign Stars); the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award); the Army Service Ribbon; the Kuwait Liberation Medal; and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  Unit decorations include: Joint Meritorious Medal; Valorous Unit Medal; and the Army Superior Medal.  Foreign medals include:  the German Sports Badge (both Bronze and Gold); Chilean Jump Wings.  Badges include: the Air Assault Badge; the Parachutist Badge; the Drivers Badge; and the Drill Sergeant Badge.

The Veterans War Memorial of Texas is located at 29th Street and Galveston in McAllen, adjacent to the McAllen Convention Center.

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