At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of WWI finally went silent and “Armistice Day” was born. In 1926, President Coolidge issued a proclamation inviting people to observe that day. Over time it has been renamed “Veterans Day.” Veterans Day is a time when we thank service members for all that they have done for the USA. Below are different events celebrating our service members, focusing on Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas.
3600 W. Arkansas Lane
Tuesday, November 11th
Theme: Veterans of the Korean War
Anyone who has friends or family members who are veterans of the Korean War are invited to be a part of the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at Veterans Park in Arlington where a special ceremony will honor the veterans’ service. Organizers of the event are urging veterans or their family to contact Jim Runzheimer at 817-795-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to be part of the ceremony. Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Williams is the keynote speaker.
Each veteran will be introduced and presented a commemorative medallion by Williams. A special keepsake from the day will be the printed program where each veteran’s service and achievements will be summarized.
Patriotic music will be provided by Carr and the Cowtown Music Club along with a performance of the national anthem by Michael Rose. The Heroes of South Vietnam Foundation will present the Republic of Vietnam National Anthem. In addition, a complimentary luncheon for all attendees at the park pavilion will follow the ceremony, and reservations will be appreciated to enable adequate preparation. Call 817-795-2020 to indicate lunch plans.
North Main St
Tuesday November 11th
Step-off at 10:30am
Opening Ceremony in Sundance Square at 11:00am
Theme: Honoring Our Flag 200th Anniversary of Our National Anthem.
GRAND MARSHAL: LTC Lawrence K. Casey, Jr. General Society of the War of 1812
More about the theme: The Star-Spangled Banner, Our National Anthem
Near the end of the American War of 1812, Francis Scott Key was on a British ship in Boston Harbor negotiating for release of American Prisoners. Through the night of September 13th, 1814, he watched the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry. At dawn, an American flag still waving, he was inspired to write a poem describing his experience, “Defense of Fort M’Henry”, published on September 20, 1814. It has become better known as “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the song was adopted as the American national anthem by a Congressional resolution in 1931.
In front of City Hall @ Reunion Arena
Tuesday, November 11th
Parade commences at 11:00am
Theme: Honoring Our Wounded Veterans
In 2014, the Veterans Day parade will be in downtown Dallas. It will be on TUESDAY, November 11th, with massing of the colors and the 11th hour (11:00 AM) ceremony in front of City Hall. The parade will commence following the official ceremony (approximately 1 hour). The route will start at Reunion Arena, will proceed north on Houston Street, east on Main Street, south on Ervay Street, west on Young Street, south on Akard Street and pass in review in front of City Hall.
The parade route is similar to prior years. After passing in review, parade units will turn south on Ervay and disperse south of City Hall. Military vehicles and equipment, veterans organizations, civic and corporate displays will be available for viewing at 9:30 AM in front of City Hall and will be dismantled after the parade.
As Joseph Campbell said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. “ In this case, our service members who have given their lives and sacrificed themselves for our country deserve our appreciation and commemoration. Take some time out on this special day to give them some respect and honor.