The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 12, 2013

Murphy Days set to kick off

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — To honor and remember our nation’s military heroes, Audie Murphy Days will kick off at 9 a.m. Friday in the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Highway 69 South, in Greenville

The annual two-day event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in conjunction with local military service organizations to celebrate Audie Leon Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II, as well as military veterans and those currently serving our country.

Audie Murphy Days, May 17 and 18, centers on Audie Murphy, a native son of Hunt County, war hero, Hollywood film star and accomplished songwriter. This year’s events will consist of a variety of speakers, displays and entertainment.

Noted speakers include Staff Sgt. Eric Slough, the only member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club from Hunt County; retired Lt. Col. Don Houk who will be doing a first-person interpretation of Gen. James “Jimmy” Doolittle of WWII; and historian Trace Chinworth who will be speaking about women in the military.

Saturday morning will be a “USO” show led by local personality Stacy Foley; entertainment by the Greenville Flaming Flashes, the Bonham Jazz Band.

The Trombonium Sinfonium, a unique blend of brass and rhythm, will also perform. They were the only community group invited to appear at the Music Educators National Convention in Dallas in 2003 and at the International Tuba/Euphonium Symposium at Baylor University in 2011.

Friday’s events will be held at the Civic Center in Greenville beginning at 9:a.m. and will close the evening with Audie Bingo and a concert by local favorite Mark Wright.

Wright is a cowboy, a poet, a singer and a soldier who makes audiences feel good about America and the patriots who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.

The concert (dinner is included) is one of the few events that are not free. Tickets are now on sale at $12 for adults/$5 for children 5-12 years old.

Saturday’s events will begin at the Civic Center at 9 a.m. and will move to the museum located at 600 I-30 East in Greenville in the afternoon. A regular admission charge of $6 adults, $4 seniors and $2 students will apply to enter the museum. Re-admittance for the weekend into the museum will be free.

For more information about Audie Murphy Days, contact the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at 903-450-4502 or visit the website at Funding for this event is provided in part by the City of Greenville Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax.