Veterans Day is Monday, and there are plans to recognize the occasion across Parker County, particularly in schools.
At Peaster ISD, all campuses pitch in for the Veterans Day ceremony, PHS Student Council Sponsor Megg Galloway said. Veterans are invited to breakfast at 9:15 a.m. and the program starts at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Peaster High School gym.
The program includes the elementary kids saying the pledge of allegiance, middle school students reading essays or poems, a slideshow and musical theater performance, among other activities, Galloway said. This year, Vietnam War veterans will be given special pins.
Veterans Day is celebrated at Peaster to remind students that “freedom is not free,” Galloway said. The event also brings the community together.
“I think it’s also good that the district unites itself on this one day,” Galloway said. “Some of our veterans are grandparents, parents and the kids get to honor them as well.”
Galloway has been organizing the event with students for the past four years and called it her greatest pleasure.
“I do this for parents,” Galloway said. “My father was fourth-generation military; my family has fought in every war since the Revolutionary War. I do it for my family.”
Poolville Elementary is hosting a Veterans Day Program at 9 a.m. in the elementary gym. The annual parade was canceled because of Monday's weather forecast.
The program includes guest speaker Mike Jones, an Army veteran and youth pastor, as well as a skit, music and poetry reading, Principal Michael Thurman said.
Kids today do not know a time without war and conflict, Thurman said.
“It’s important in light of those circumstances that we find ourselves in 2019 to understand and kind of reflect back on what our servicemen and women have done so that we can, brutal honesty, so that we can still go to school, so that we can still have Veterans Day programs, so we still have the freedoms that we enjoy,” Thurman said.
Thurman said they hope to put on a program that the community is proud of.
Another special Veterans Day event is a free concert by the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, which starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Brock High School gym. The band will play patriotic music in honor of veterans who attend, BHS Band Director Matt Daily said. Some high school band members will play on one number with the band as well.
A Facebook page, Music of Brock High School Band November 16 2019 Concert page, was also set up to collect photos of local veterans to display in a slide show during the concert, Daily said.
Here’s a list of more Veterans Day events happening in Parker County:
Weatherford Veterans Day Parade
Parker County American Legion Post 163 is hosting the parade, which is themed “in Honor of Veterans Past, Present and Future.”
The ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parade route is from South Main Street via Roo Drive going north to Oak Street, then west to Waco Street, then left to Russell Street before re-entering Roo Drive at the Ninth Grade Center. The viewing stand will be in the Maverick Parking Lot facing west.
The ceremony starts at 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the Ed Kramer Veterans Flag Plaza on campus.
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth are expected to fly over to start the ceremony. U.S. Army Retired Col. Thomas MacKenzie, who is also a WC alumnus, is going to be the guest speaker.
Austin Elementary’s Veterans Day Program is at 9:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Friday.
Curtis Elementary will have a Veterans Day Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. There will also be a fourth grade Veterans Day Program at 9 a.m.
Ikard Elementary will have a fifth grade Veterans Day Program at 6 p.m. on Monday in the cafeteria.
Martin Elementary will have a Veterans Day Program at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Monday in the cafe.
Seguin Elementary is planning a choir performance for Veterans Day at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Wright Elementary is planning an indoor Veterans Day Parade from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday.
Hall Middle School will have a Veterans Day Assembly at 9:15 a.m. on Monday in A Gym.
Tison Middle School will have a Veterans Day Program at 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday in the cafeteria.
Weatherford High School’s Student Council is hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Monday in the library.
Coder Elementary is hosting a fourth-grade performance for friends and family to attend at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Stuard Elementary will have a Veterans Day Program that includes a student performance and slideshow from 8-8:45 a.m. on Monday in the cafeteria.
Vandagriff Elementary will have a Veterans Day Program where fifth graders will perform at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
Walsh Elementary students are encouraged to bring pictures of their family members who served in the military for the Veterans Wall of Honor.
Daniel Ninth Grade Center will have a moment of dedicated silence for veterans.
Millsap High School will have a Veterans Day Program from 10:25-10:55 a.m. on Monday in the gym.
Millsap Elementary is making cards, decorating and inviting veterans to come eat with the students.
Brock Elementary will have a breakfast and performance by second graders at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
Brock Intermediate School will have a brunch to honor veterans at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
Brock Junior High will have a luncheon to celebrate veterans at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.