Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The 5 best Veterans Day events in Dallas-Fort Worth
Plus a few community events.
American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans - Saturday: This Veterans Day celebration from The City of The Colony and American Legion Post #21 is both a fall festival and a patriotic pageant. The family fun portion includes fireworks, carnival games, a car show, and country music from Little Texas and Eleven Hundred Springs. The commemoration part has an Honor and Remember program at the Veterans Memorial, an American Heroes Ceremony on the main stage, a performance by the 531st Air Force Band, and a silent auction benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The festival is Saturday at 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Five Star Complex, and admission is free.
Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade - Saturday: This downtown parade travels Houston and Main Streets from East Weatherford to East 4th Streets. It starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and will include entries from active duty and retired military groups, high school bands, ROTC, and others.
Operation: Supply Drop - Read about a fundraiser at Kung Fu Saloon on Saturday to send video games to troops in Afghanistan.
Frisco Community Parade - Saturday: This annual parade includes entries from Frisco's police and fire departments, local high schools, professional sports teams, and other local groups. It begins Saturday at 11 a.m. at FC Dallas Stadium and travels east on Main Street through downtown Frisco.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery - Sunday: This solemn tribute includes keynote speaker Col. Keith Knudson, a "Missing Man" flyby, a cannon salute, the Mountain View College Community Band, and the Dallas Police Department Choir. The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring your own chair.
Dallas Veterans Day Parade - Monday: This year's parade takes place Monday and honors the 70th anniversary of the Doolitte Raid when bombers attacked Japan’s largest island. The mission boosted morale back home because at the time, some feared Japan might be invincible. Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor, who took part in the raid, will lead the parade in his role as grand marshal. The procession will include more than 150 entries from the military and veterans' organizations, marching bands, Dallas ISD Junior ROTC units, and others. It starts at 11:20 a.m. at Union Station and ends at Dallas City Hall, which will host ceremonies for enlistment and in memoriam beginning at 10:50 a.m.
Other groups are observing Veterans Day with community events:
- Balch Springs- Sunday
- Burleson - Saturday
- Coppell - Friday
- Coppell - Sunday
- DeSoto - Saturday
- Farmers Branch - Friday
- Fort Worth - Sunday
- Flower Mound - Sunday
- Garland - Friday
- Grand Prairie - Sunday
- McKinney - Saturday
- McKinney - Sunday
- North Richland Hills - Friday
- Rowlett - Friday
- Waxahachie - Friday and Saturday
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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