Members of the American Legion Turnbow-Higgs Post 240 are inviting the community to share in a ceremony Thursday to honor veterans.

The annual Veterans Day program will be held on the west side of the Erath County Courthouse at the Erath County War Memorial beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Post commander Don Douglas said the Turnbow-Higgs Post has been hosting the annual ceremony since 1920.

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.

"We do (our ceremony at 10:30 a.m.) so it ends at 11 o'clock, which represents the time the Armistice was signed," Douglas said.

This year's guest speaker will be retired Lt. General Terry Scott, a Stephenville native.

"He is a very distinguished person who will be giving the speech this year," Douglas said.

Several other hometown favorites will also make an appearance Thursday, including Tarleton State University's ROTC, Town and Country Bank and Auxiliary Unit 240.

The ROTC will present the colors and provide a rifle salute while Town and Country Bank will serve breakfast and coffee to attendees.

And, like always, the women of the Auxiliary will pass out poppies, which are a symbol of the bloodshed in war and grew across battlefields in World War I.

A bugle player will also provide a rendition of Taps.