Those paying tribute to the country's veterans at the Erath County Courthouse Thursday will get a rare treat - the opportunity to hear from a distinguished veteran whose career in the US Army spanned 32 years.

"He is very distinguished," said Don Douglas, post commander of the American Legion Turnbow Higgs Post 240, referring to the ceremony's guest speaker.

The group has been hosting the Veteran's Day ceremony every year since 1920, and this year's event will take place at the Erath County War Memorial on the west side of the courthouse at 10:30 a.m.

Lt. General Terry Scott, a Stephenville native who now resides in Coleman, will give the keynote address.

Scott served five combat tours and received five awards for valor and two Purple Hearts, according to his biography.

He commanded infantry and special operations forces and ended his military service as commander of the US Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After retiring from the Army, Scott joined the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he directed the National Security Program. 

Veterans Day is held each year on Nov. 11 in remembrance of Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., or the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when an armistice was signed ending fighting in World War I.

Tarleton State University's ROTC will present the colors and provide a rifle salute. Breakfast and coffee will be served to attendees and a bugle player will also provide a rendition of Taps.