Parade kicks off list of area events to observe Veterans Day | Local News

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Saturday’s Parade of Disabled American Veterans and Hunt County Auxiliaries kicked off a host of events scheduled this week, all designed to honor veterans of Hunt County and the surrounding area .

• William Caldwell of Greenville was the Grand Marshal of the parade. Caldwell is a WWII veteran. He served in the US Navy and participated in the invasion of Utah Beach on D-Day as a flagman. The event also featured a long line of tanks, classic and vintage cars, as well as local Cubs, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Posse and the Greenville High School Lion Pride Band.

• Waves of Glory is a flag installation that the Rotary Club of Commerce presents to the community to honor veterans and first responders. The continues this year with the opening ceremony held on Saturday morning in the municipal park on Aldridge and Park streets. The flags will be displayed until November 13.

• All Veterans are invited to attend a Lunch Show, offered by Friendlee Live Wednesday at noon at the Texan Theater, 2712 Lee Street. Veterans are also encouraged to bring their spouses. Those planning to attend must pre-register by calling 903-217-7127.

• The Greenville Independent School District has scheduled a Veterans Day celebration at 9:30 am Thursday at the Greenville High School Gymnasium, 3515 Lions Lair Road. The event will feature students from Greenville ISD and the first 150 veterans in attendance will receive free bags of goodies provided by local merchants.

• In honor of Veterans Day, the Audie Murphy / American Cotton Museum in Greenville presents a dedication by finishers at the Hunt County War Memorial at 1:30 pm Thursday. A number of veterans bricks and a special paving stone for the Military Officers Association of America will be installed. As part of the program, there will be a color presentation by Greenville High School NJROTC and a tribute to all military branches by the Hunt County Honor Guard as well as remarks from Ted Oats, President of Northeast Texas MOAA and Susan Lanning, director of the Audie Murphy / American Cotton Museum before unveiling the new pavers. For any additional questions, contact the Museum at (903) 450-4502.

• The Greenville Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary Club of Greenville, and The Rotary Post Office Foundation / Landmark on Lee Street are hosting a Veterans-themed Business Night at Landmark on Lee Street, 2920 Lee Street, 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The free event will feature live entertainment, food, drink, chances to draw gift baskets and gift certificates and socialize.

* Texas A&M University-Commerce is hosting the 31st Annual Veterans Vigil Friday with the theme “The Eternal Oath”.

Brigadier-General Mike H. McClendon (retired) is this year’s guest speaker for the opening ceremony. The vigil will begin with a reception from 10 a.m. in the foyer outside the conference rooms of the Rayburn Student Center. The opening ceremony will follow at 10:30 am in the conference rooms. After the opening ceremony, the flame of the vigil will be lit. and will burn continuously until it goes out during the closing ceremonies at 4 p.m. tamuc.edu/Veterans-and-Military-Services or by contacting Dustin Pearson at [email protected] or 903-886-5123.

• VFW Post No. 4011 in Greenville will participate in the Audie Murphy 2021 Celebration Weekend on Saturday. The station will take a group to visit the Audie Murphy Memorial on Highway 69 in Celeste around 11 a.m. VFW station 4011 will raise the flags and join the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem. Farmersville VFW Post No. 7426 will serve a steak or burger lunch with toppings and a raffle starting at noon. Anyone who wants a meal should RSVP by November 10. The cost is $ 12/8. Additional information and / or RSVP is available at 903-441-4843.

• A dedication and flag raising ceremony for the Veterans Outpost is scheduled for 11:30 am Saturday at 1889 Mamie Road in Greenville. Veterans Outpost is a Christian faith group that supports veterans in a variety of ways. Veterans Outpost is developing a 50-acre Veterans Retreat where it plans to organize four-day to two-week therapeutic getaways for veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, stress and other challenges. The event is open to everyone and is expected to include military veterans and community leaders as special guests. Further information is available at VetOutpost.com or by calling 972-771-7280.

Government offices and some businesses will be closed Thursday for the official celebration of Veterans Day.

All Federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed, as will most banks.

Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual celebration, and November 11 became a national holiday from 1938.

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