Veterans Day events coming up

Published on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 18:16 - Written by Staff Reports

Including a patriotic celebration in downtown Tyler and the unveiling of a war memorial in Athens, a bevy of Veterans Day events will take place over the next week.

Here is a schedule of those events:

 

THURSDAY

The International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy will host a banquet and concert to honor veterans and public servants at 6:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

A Veterans Day program will be held at Whitehouse’s Cain Elementary School at 9 a.m.

 

SATURDAY

The Red, White and Blue festival will be happening in downtown Bullard. It kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m.

A community awareness and veterans event begins at noon at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 1392 Texas 31 West in Tyler. A Bronze Star will be posthumously presented to the widow of a World War II veteran.

 

MONDAY

A memorial wall honoring veterans from the Civil War to the Afghan conflict will be unveiled at a ceremony at the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society, 1601 Patterson Road in Athens. It took 18 months to gather the more than 9,000 names of Henderson County men and women on the wall.

Also, veterans Monday get free haircuts at any Great Clips location nationwide.

A Veterans Day celebration will be held in downtown Tyler. The event kicks off with a prayer in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, 301 W Ferguson St., followed by a freedom walk to the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza. It includes addresses from Mayor Barbara Bass and military personnel, patriotic music and a veteran-inspired art show.

 

NOV. 16

The Marine Corps League will hold its annual ball at the Willow Brook Country Club, 3205 W. Erwin, at 6 p.m. The public, as well as current and past military personnel from all branches of the military, is invited. For tickets and more information, call Bill Hamby at 903-881-9499. Tickets are $45 each.