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City of Houston to Host Joint Veterans Day Commemoration and 9/11 Heroes Run Event, to be Proclaimed as “If Not Me, Then Who…” Day”

Recognizing first responders, veterans and volunteers who have helped city rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, Houston Mayor to preside over Travis Manion Foundation Heroes Run 


As the city of Houston continues rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the veterans, first responders, and volunteers who have led relief efforts will be recognized on November 11th, 2017, in addition to the city’s official Veterans Day ceremonies. Houston is proud to pay tribute to our military, and this civic celebration will honor and celebrate the brave men, women, and families who pay the ultimate sacrifice for liberty and freedom.

In addition, Mayor Sylvester Turner will issue an official proclamation announcing that November 11th, 2017, will be known as “If Not Me, Then Who…” Day: A recognition of those who stepped forward during Houston’s time of need in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and an echo of the words Marine 1st LT Travis Manion said before his final deployment to Iraq in 2007. The Marine officer’s words have become the Travis Manion Foundation’s official mantra and part of a national call to service inspiring hundreds of thousands who have participated in Travis Manion Foundation events in communities across America.

The celebration will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday November 11, 2017 with a “21 Gun Salute” that will kick off the 9/11 Heroes Run, originally scheduled for the weekend the hurricane hit Houston. The 9/11 Heroes Run in Houston serves as the city’s official September 11th ceremony each year. The salute continues with a job, resource and health fair complete with military displays and activities surrounding the reflection pool in Hermann Square at City Hall. The traditional Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall with a moment of silence in memory of the signing of the WWI Armistice.

TMF has been assisting the Houston community in recovery efforts, by uniting veterans, first responders, and inspired civilians to help those still in need. TMF is dedicating the proceeds from this year’s Houston 9/11 Heroes Run to support relief efforts in the city, which also includes funding for a TMF Service Expedition The Expedition will take place in Spring of 2018, and will see veterans and families of the fallen from across the country come together to assist with recovery efforts in Houston.

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TMF is offering the option to support Houston recovery efforts by purchasing a “Run with Houston” limited edition t-shirt. Sales support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Those who purchase a shirt will be encouraged to run in their own community on November 11th and “virtually” run with Houston. Quantities are limited and only available while supplies last. The shirt can be purchased through the TMF online store by clicking HERE.  


To further support Houston’s recovery efforts, TMF has collected donations for hurricane relief and flown Texas flags at every 9/11 Heroes Run across the country in September. These flags will be on display at the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run.

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Houston 9/11 Heroes Run Event:

WHAT: The city of Houston will host a combined Veterans Day and Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run 5K events. Mayor Sylvester Turner will issue an official proclamation announcing that November 11th, 2017, will be known as “If Not Me, Then Who…” Day: A recognition of the first responders, veterans, and volunteers who stepped forward during Houston’s time of need, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the residual flooding.

TMF will dedicate all proceeds from the race to support relief efforts in the city of Houston, which will include funding a TMF Service Expedition to aid in Houston recover efforts. Additional nationwide support for the Mayor’s Relief Fund will come from the sale of “Run with Houston” tee shirts, which will be available through Travis Manion Foundation.

To register for the race, click here

WHERE: City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

WHEN: Saturday, November 11th 2017; 8:00am start


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