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NEWS | Nov. 9, 2018

Celebrate America’s Military 2018: Honoring those who serve

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Since 1970, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has organized Celebrate America’s Military, or CAM, an annual tribute to the military. The two-week celebration during the month of November features events presented with community partners, making it the largest event of its kind nationwide.


CAM’s Military Week gives the community an opportunity to pay tribute to local active-duty and retired service members. According to the chamber's website, the week is San Antonio's way of saying thank you to the men and women who serve to protect our nation.


The following events are open to the public. Some require registration or the purchase of tickets.

Saturday, Nov. 10
San Antonio Heart & Stroke Walk 5K
Location: Texas A&M San Antonio, One University Way, San Antonio
Time: 7:15 a.m., runner check-in; 8 a.m., timed 5K heart race; 9 a.m., opening ceremony; Heart & Stroke Walk to follow. Break out your best 1990s fashions and come out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Heart & Stroke Walk. The Heart & Stroke Walk is the American Heart Association's premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and stroke. At the San Antonio Heart & Stroke Walk, we will honor survivors, remember loved ones, and celebrate the AHA Mission. Register at 5K Heart Race entry fee is $25 race entry fee, which includes an official swag bag. In honor of Veterans Day weekend, there will be a special acknowledgement of all military and first responders.

U.S. Military Veterans Parade, Wreath Laying at the Tobin Center
Location: 451 Jefferson Street, San Antonio
Time: Noon
The U.S. Military Veterans Parade Association, with its proud theme of “Veterans and Community – United,” which hails to the core of its existence and purpose. Our goal is to present a Veterans Parade that all can point to as the crowning jewel for Celebrate America’s Military Week in San Antonio. Join others in lining the downtown streets and waving your American flag, showing your pride as you honor those veterans, past and present, who so unselfishly served or serve to defend our freedom in our nation.

2018 San Antonio CityWide Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market St., San Antonio
Time: 5:30 p.m.
The City of San Antonio will celebrate the 243rd US Marine Corps Birthday at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. The price is $100 per ticket and seating is limited. ​Tickets will not be available after Oct. 31, but there will be a waiting list to accommodate those who call 210-540-8474. Active duty Marines, Marine veterans, corpsman and civilian and military guests are invited to attend.  Dress for this event is Dress Blue Alpha or Bravo, Evening Dress uniform or Service Alpha.  Black tie/Evening gown for our civilian guests, veterans and retirees. Register at

Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series: Alamo Archaeology
Location: The Alamo, Alamo Hall, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
San Antonio celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018 and as part of that celebration, the Alamo presents the Alamo Tricentennial Lecture Series.   
Each month, the Alamo will bring you experts who will explore the events, people, and themes that shaped the history of the Alamo, San Antonio, and Texas. More than 20 archaeological investigations have occurred at The Alamo over the last 50 years. City of San Antonio Archaeologist Kay Hindes will discuss some of the previous archaeological investigations as well as cover the results of the 2016 archaeological investigations. Call 210-225-1391 for more information. Register at

San Antonio Spurs Veterans Appreciation Night with ​Spurs vs. Houston Rockets
Location: AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy, San Antonio
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The San Antonio Spurs host a Salute to Veterans for the game against the Houston Rockets with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. The Spurs Veterans Night celebration game will honor local veterans and their families. Tickets purchased through this link ( will include a special Salute to Veterans t-shirt available for pick-up at the game. Details on t-shirt pick-up will be emailed to purchasers the week of the game. This offer is open to everyone who wants to celebrate and support local military families.

Sunday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
5th Annual Veterans Day Golf Classic
Location: The Republic Golf Club, 4226 S.E. Military Dr., San Antonio
Check-in time: 7 and 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; shotgun start: 8 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The mission of the Veterans Day Golf Classic is to bring awareness to our U.S. military veterans and to the needs of the charities that are working hard to provide services to these American heroes. Join us for restaurants and chefs on the course serving food, games and contests and music and entertainment for the whole family. Register at

Veterans Day at the Alamo
Location: The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
Time: To be determined
The public is invited to celebrate veterans and commemorate San Antonio’s long military history at the Alamo. All visitors are encouraged to stop by Cavalry Courtyard on the Alamo grounds to commemorate and thank those who have selflessly served.

Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony
Location: San Antonio National Cemetery, 517 Paso Hondo St.
Time: To be determined
Comprised of former slaves, freedmen and Black Civil War veterans, the historic Buffalo Soldiers persevered through the most difficult conditions imaginable to become some of the most elite and most decorated units in the U.S. Army. The annual Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony at the San Antonio National Cemetery honors these past heroes with a keynote speaker, the reading of a memorial list, military honors and taps and a benediction.

San Antonio Rampage Veterans Family Day with ​Rampage vs. Texas Stars
Location: AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., San Antonio
​Time: 3 p.m.
The San Antonio Rampage host a Veterans Family Day against the Texas Stars with puck-drop at 3 p.m. The Veterans Family Day is an opportunity enjoy a hockey game during the holiday weekend. Discounted tickets are available to veterans, active-duty, friends, and family at

For more information about CAM week events, visit