By Judy Sheridan
Martha Daugherty Beckman, daughter of the City of Aledo’s first mayor, will be on hand to help the city celebrate 50 years of incorporation this Saturday, May 18, during a program beginning at 10 a.m. at the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court.
The program, which will include a cake and refreshments, will be followed by tours of the new water tower and wastewater plant, which will be officially dedicated during the ceremony.
The city is inviting the public to attend the special event. It will include a resolution honoring the city read by State Rep. Phil King, a rendition of the National Anthem by singer/songwriter Katy Keenie and a presentation by Mayor Kit Marshall, entitled, “Aledo: Past and Present.”
Marshall will also recognize May 18 as Armed Forces Day, and the Aledo Honor Guard from Aledo High School will present the colors.
Retired Aledo Church of Christ pastor Kenton Harvey will give the invocation, and members of the East Parker County Genealogy & Historical Society will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Beckman will recite the winning essay selected from compositions submitted by Aledo High School students, which will be placed in a time capsule to be opened in 2063, when the city reaches the century mark.
The 18- by 19-inch capsule, made of composite and some 10 inches thick, will be filled with items representing Aledo, including photographs, drawings from elementary school children, a newspaper, anecdotal recordings from citizens and proclamations from the city council and state legislature.
The capsule’s contents will be on display during the May 18 celebration, City Secretary Deana McMullen said, and possibly during First Fridays events this summer and through the end of the year.
Tentative plans are to keep the capsule at Aledo City Hall, she said, then bury it sometime after the annual Christmas Tyme event.
Community event planner Lori Wedgeworth said the 50th anniversary celebration will also feature a timeline the length of the Community Center, listing events from 1882 to 2013, along with vintage photos and drawings by local artist Homer Norris.
For more information, contact Wedgeworth at 817-441-7016 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.