Houston Christian to Honor Veterans During Special Assembly
Keni Thomas, whose story was immortalized in the Academy Award-winning movie Black Hawk Down, will visit Houston Christian High School to celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 10.
The annual Veterans Day assembly will begin at 10:10 a.m. in the Pampell Family Chapel on the campus of HC. All veterans and their families are invited to attend.
“This is a very important day to honor heroes who have fought for our freedom,” said Col. (Ret) Tom Wilson, HC Director of the Passport to Lead program. “I hope the community joins us as we celebrate this special day to recognize the Veterans of our country.”
Thomas will be the Veteran’s Day speaker.
In the summer of 1993, Staff Sergeant Thomas and B Company were deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia as part of a special operations task force. Thomas and his fellow army rangers distinguished themselves in an 18-hour fight later portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down, released in 2001.
“I am proud and honored to speak to whomever will listen and I know if I don’t tell the story of those men and what they did that day, then who will?” Thomas said.
Thomas received a Bronze Star for Valor, Master Parachute Wings, and was certified as a Combat diver.
He is a national spokesperson for the Hero Fund and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college education to the children of special operations personnel killed in combat or training.
The guest Veterans registration and reception will be between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The Veterans Day Recognition assembly will include the Posting and Retiring of Colors, patriotic music, veteran’s recognition and taps.