By BRAD KELLAR
The official Hunt County Veterans Day tribute is scheduled this morning, kicking a holiday weekend of events dedicated to honoring the men and woman of Americas’s armed services.
Many people will have a chance to catch one or more of the celebrations, as it is a three-day holiday weekend. Government offices and some businesses will be closed Monday for the official observance of Veterans Day. All federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed, as will most banks.
— The Hunt County event is set to begin at 10 a.m. on the north steps of the Hunt County Courthouse. County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Andrew Bench is scheduled to be the master of ceremonies, with Major Dave Lucas, U.S.A.F. (Ret.) as the guest speaker. Hunt County Veterans Affairs Officer Ted Oats, Lt. Col. USAFR, (Ret.) is also to receive a special tribute during the program.
— A Veterans Day parade through downtown Greenville is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at the corner Bois D’ Arc and Lee Streets, then proceeding west on Lee Street. Organizer Jennifer Cato with the American Red Cross said groups, businesses, and individuals are invited to be a part of the parade, while floats, walkers, biker clubs and sponsors are also needed. Those needing additional information can contact Cato at Jennifer.Cato@redcross.org or by calling 903-737-4390.
— Greenville Elks Lodge No. 703 is inviting veterans of all military branches to a free Veterans Day breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Elks Lodge, 3504 Wesley. Those wanting more information can call Janet at 903-408-7372.
— The annual Greenville Independent School District Veteran’s Day program will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Greenville High School gymnasium. A lunch catered by the GHS Culinary Arts class will follow the program in the library for all veterans and their families.
— The Leonard Independent School District annual Veterans Day program is scheduled in the high school cafeteria starting at 9 a.m. Monday, although veterans are being asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register. A reception for guests follows the program in the high school library.
— The Rains High School annual Veterans Day program is scheduled in the high school gym at 9:45 a.m. Monday, with a reception honoring the veterans starting at 9 a.m. Monday. All veterans, their families and friends and public are invited.
— There are several Veterans Day programs in the Quinlan Independent School District Monday. Speaker James C. Baynham, who flew in the World War II U.S. Army Air Force, will be featured at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the W.H. Ford High School auditorium Monday. Also, the D.C. Cannon Elementary’s program starts at 8:30 a.m., and the A.E. Butler Intermediate School program begins at 12:30 p.m. Monday, both also in the high school auditorium. Al luncheon for veterans will be held in the high school band hall at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Veterans should RSVP by calling 903-356-1619.
— Clancy’s Saloon & Stage, at the Bar-Double Horseshoe Ranch, 4984 County Road 4112 in Campbell ,will present the Wounded Heroes Benefit Concert, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. A gate fee is not being charged, but organizers are asking visitors to make a donation to Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. The day will also include a CASI Sanctioned Chili Cookoff and a multi-class reunion. Additional information is available at clancyssaloon.blogspot.com.