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PHA Executive Director Len Waterworth to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Harris County Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring Veterans

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HOUSTON, May 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Port of Houston Authority Executive Director Len Waterworth, a U.S. Army veteran, will give the keynote address at the annual Memorial Day ceremony in honor of Harris County veterans. The event, hosted by Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, will be held at Harris County War Memorial in Bear Creek Pioneers Park on Monday, May 27, at 2 p.m.

Col. Waterworth will speak in front of the Harris County War Memorial monument, commissioned 28 years ago, which now honors veterans from Harris County who were killed in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the first war in the Persian Gulf, the war in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Also honored are casualties from the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II and those who served in the U.S. Coast Guard and died during various wars.

"It is a personal honor for me to speak before my fellow veterans on Memorial Day," Waterworth said. "We must always remember those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and not take for granted the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. I encourage all our citizens to recognize the veterans in our community and tell them how much we appreciate their service."

Waterworth served 25 years in the U.S. Army, including as District Engineer/ Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Galveston, Texas.

He began his military service in 1979, and has had multiple assignments around the world, including overseas assignments in Germany and Turkey. Waterworth has had numerous Command and Staff positions and has served on both the Army Staff and in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

Among his military awards are the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal for service during Desert Storm.

He joined the Port of Houston Authority in January of 2012.

About the Port of Houston Authority

For nearly 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation's largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage. The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation. It supports the creation of more than one million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $178.5 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com .

CONTACT: Bill Hensel, Manager, Corporate Communications Office: (713) 670-2893 Cell: (832) 452-5776 E-mail: bhensel@poha.com

Source:Port of Houston Authority