FREEDOM HAS A PRICE
...A POPPY, IN TRIBUTE TO ALL BRAVE VETERANS
WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES
IN PAST AND PRESENT,
SO WE MIGHT HAVE A FUTURE
Growing up as a kid, it wasn't unusual for my grandfather to wear his WW1 uniform and my father to wear his Navy Hat from WWII and sit me down at the table to tell me how important Veterans Day was on November 11th. As my father talked, I did not look him in the eye but I stared at his tattoos he wore proudly on each arm with those big Navy Ships tattooed with the words US Navy and the Olive Leaves that always served as a reminder that freedom is not free. He explained to me those weren't ordinary leaves but Olive Leaves that came from the Olive Tree representing Peace and Friendship. We would count down until the annual Veteran's Day parade would come to town and every time someone offered my dad a Poppy, he accepted it and gave a donation. (RIP Dad & Grandpa.)
Some may think it is too soon for me to write a blog post about Veteran's Day; however, it would be remiss of me not to pass along this information about upcoming Veteran Day Parades in North Dallas Texas. Several observances are planned to Salute Veterans with Parades and Flags.
TARRANT COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE - NOVEMBER 11, 2021:
Mounted Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment from Fort Hood will ride in the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade. The Bells of Peace will toll, the Calvary will charge, followed by a 21-Gun Salute and Military Fly Over will signal the start of the 102nd Veteran's Day Parade on November 11th in Fort Worth. Parade route starts at Panther Island Pavilion and travels south on Forest Blvd. along Clear Fork of the Trinity Trails to Rotary Plaza and returns to Panther Island Pavilion.
As the Calvary passes by, expect stopping at various intervals to display skills that horse-mounted cavalry have used for 200 years. Tarrant County Veterans invite people to picnic along the river as the parade rolls by. For more information go to fw2021vetsdayparade.org.
I'm proud to say my Grandfather was a Mounted Soldier of the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined the Army in 1917 and was honorably discharged.
The City of The Colony has planned for a two-day family festival with live music, carnival rides, food booths, and beer gardens. Country Music Singer/Songwriter, Lauren Alaina, a previous American Idol contestant will appear and entertain the crowds with Harper Grace and Dusty Black, Rockers Plain White T's, Deep Blue Something and the Nixons begin their concerts on November 6th at 2:00 p.m. For more information go to thecolonytx.gov.
Celebrations begin on Saturday, November 6th in the Historic Downtown on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It all begins with honoring Purple Heart recipients this year. Post Parade activities include music by Guitars for Heroes - all veterans band, an assortment of military vehicles, food booths, and photo selfies are welcome behind an amazing backdrop.
MCKINNEY VETERANS DAY PARADE
Schedules events begin November 6th before Veterans Day feature music and remarks by former Collin County Judge Keith Self, the posting of colors, and flyover by vintage WW11 aircraft. For additional information check out mckinnietexas.org.
FARMERS BRANCH VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION
The celebrations begin November 6 from 4 in the afternoon to 9 p.m. for a patriotic program. Special gifts will be presented to US Military (past or present) who show proof of serving. The festival includes a caricature artist, food and beverage booths, and photo booths. Country bands Straight Tequila Night and Toby Keith pay tribute. For more information: farmersbranchtx.gov.
FRISCO'S VETERANS DAY PARADE
Featuring floats, marching bands, fire and police departments.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS CELEBRATION
November 11th, 11 a.m. to Noon. A solemn wreath-laying service, Honor Guard presents colors, and patriotic entertainment.
PATRIOTIC POPS WITH THE DALLAS SYMPHONY
The U.S. Naval Academy Men's and Women's Glee Clubs and the Pipes and drum band join the Dallas Symphony for their Patriotic Pops concert with familiar songs, marches, and anthems.