By BRAD KELLAR
Veterans will continue to be saluted through the hosting of Veterans Day activities scheduled around the area today through Saturday of next week.
It is a three-day holiday weekend, as all federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed Monday, as will most banks.
— The annual Hunt County observance of Veterans Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Hunt County Courthouse.
— The American Red Cross has scheduled a Veterans Day parade to start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Bois d’ Arc and Lee Street. The event is being hailed as way to celebrate heroes past and present who bravely protected America’s freedoms. Any groups, businesses or individuals that want to join the parade, or anyone needing additional information, can contact Jennifer Cooke at 903-737-4390 or at Jennifer.Cooke@redcross.org.
— In honor of Veterans Day, the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum is offering free admission to the museum for all veterans Saturday. Those wanting additional information can call 903-450-4502.
— A popular music venue in Hunt County is playing host to a concert event to aid wounded warriors. Clancy’s Saloon & Stage, at the Bar-Double Horseshoe Ranch in Campbell will present the Wounded Heroes Benefit Concert on Saturday. The concert will start at 11 a.m. and is expected to wrap up sometime around 2 a.m. Sunday and is being held to benefit the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Among the approximately two dozen artists scheduled to perform are the Dirt Road Gypsies, Melissa Jones Auld, Damon McCullough & the Grace Family Union, the Jacob Deal Band, Shaun Michaels, the Billy Autry Band, the Dirtwater Social Club and more. A gate fee is not being charged, but organizers are asking visitors to make a donation to Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. Those attending the concert are invited to bring their own food, beverage and lawn chairs. The VFW Post 4011 in Greenville is supplying a canteen with hot dogs, hamburgers and more for a recommended donation to help raise money for the post’s scholarship fund. Cowboy Cookin of Dike will also be selling foot items including sausage on a stick and turkey legs. The Kona Guitar Company of Fort Worth has donated a Main Street guitar which will be raffled off during the event. Other sponsors for the event include the Texas Select Beverage Company, Acoustic Drive Records and Operation Mail Call. Those wanting additional information about the event can contact Frank Prigmore at 903-450-5619 or by email at email@example.com. The event is featured on two Facebook pages, including www.facebook.com/clancyssaloonandstage and www.facebook.com/events/403973809665545.
— The 21st Annual Veterans Vigil is being conducted starting Saturday at Texas A&M Univesity-Commerce to honor all veterans, past and present. The Vigil will begin with congressman Mike Conway speaking during the ROTC Reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Conway is serving his fourth term, representing the 11th Congressional District of Texas. He is a graduate of A&M-Commerce, obtaining his BBA in Accounting in 1970. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students.
— A Reading of the Fallen is scheduled from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Park Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation, 3500 Park Street in Greenville. There will be a reading of 1,750 names of fallen veterans to correspond with an event happening simultaneously throughout the nation. Those wanting additional information can contact Tonya Flanagan or Jason Hicks at 903-455-2220 or Dawn Fletcher at 903-441-5969.
— Monday’s activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce will begin with a Veterans Vigil Reception in the Rayburn Student Center. Ted Oats, Lt. Col. USAFR, (Ret.) will be the keynote speaker, honoring the 65th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Conference Rooms.
— A Military Fly-by between the Science Building and Rayburn Student Center on campus is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday.
— Monday’s final event at Texas A&M University-Commerce campus is scheduled for 7 p.m. with an Aubrey Lynn & Yellow Rose Concert, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, at the Amphitheater on campus.
— Tuesday’s events will begin at 9 a.m. with a Veterans Benefit & Job Fair at the Rayburn Student Center Conference Rooms .
— A 5K Run sponsored by the Student Veteran Association and Walking mall is set for between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
— The University Chorale will perform Closing Ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
— The Veterans Vigil will end at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 with a Veterans Appreciation Ball in the Rayburn Student Center Conference Rooms. The event will be sponsored by the Student Veteran Association. Tickets for the events must be purchased in advance.
Those wanting additional information on the Veterans Vigil or related activities may contact Jessica Gosset at Jessica_Gossett@tamuc.edu or 903-886-5069.