Wednesday, November 9, 2011
There’s more to Veterans Day in Dallas-Fort Worth than parades
Honor current and former military members with exhibits, music, and benefits.
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To observe Veterans Day this year, you can go the traditional route with community parades, solemn ceremonies, and historical exhibits. Or you can try something new -- and definitely less solemn -- like rocking out to Bowling for Soup or watching some Hollywood history care of Debbie Reynolds. There are also ways to help our active military.
Parades: The Dallas parade's 2011 theme is "Remembering Pearl Harbor," and it ends at Dallas City Hall where a ceremony will also be held. Fort Worth's parade is Saturday, and it begins and ends at LaGrave Field. The Frisco Community Parade is also Saturday. It starts at Pizza Hut Park and travels Main Street to North County Road.
History: The Organization for Texas Military Education will have an exhibit of encampments and military vehicles at the Military Museum of Fort Worth and a Women in the Military exhibit at Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Dedications: Garland will dedicate a plaque honoring 31 residents who were killed in action during World War II during a Veterans Day program at Garland Senior Activity Center. Denton's Spc. Ernest W. Dallas Jr. Veterans Memorial Park will be dedicated during a ceremony that includes a helicopter fly-over and a military vehicle display. McKinney will dedicate its Veterans Memorial Park with an event that includes politicians, the McKinney North High School choir, a flyover, and a performance of "Taps."
Benefits: Walnut Creek Branch Library hosts Holiday Cards for Heroes during which kids can color cards that the American Red Cross will send to active and retired military. Irving's Unite for Troops Drive at Porter's Army Navy Store is a family festival where items will be collected for military personnel care packages. There will also be a flag retirement ceremony.
Concerts: See Bowling for Soup, The Hit, and Jake Mai at The Colony's American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans at The Colony Five Star Sports Complex. The free family festival also includes The Wall That Heals display, Veterans Day ceremonies, a home brew competition, 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K and 10K runs, a carnival, and a fireworks show. Debbie Reynolds is the featured performer at Garland's 11th Annual Veterans Tribute at Patty Granville Arts Center. She performs Friday night and Saturday night.
Other groups are observing Veterans Day with community events:
- Balch Springs
- DFW National Cemetery
- Farmers Branch
- Grand Prairie
- North Richland Hills
If your group is hosting a Veterans Day event and we don't have it listed, please tell us in the comments section.
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