Audie Murphy Days, the annual two-day event which honors the most decorated soldier of World War II as well as military veterans and those currently serving, begins today and continues through Saturday.

Today’s activities are at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, as follows:

•8:30 a.m. Exhibition room opens/ registration/coffee

•9 a.m. Morning Session with Ron Wensel, master of ceremonies

Post colors — Sgt. Audie Murphy Club from Fort Sill, Okla.

Invocation by Dr. Ron Salfen, United Presbyterian Church

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem — Dr. Salfen

Welcome by Steve Ramsey, chairman of the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum

Proclamations

Guest speakers — Stuntmen Autrey and West Ward

Musical interlude --Royce Slough

Guest speaker -- George Keck, Fort Sill

Recognition of veterans -- Hunt County Veterans Honor Guard

Keynote speaker -- Retired Maj. Gen. Chris Adams

Recognition of Audie Murphy family members

Presentation -- Jimmy James

Retire colors -- Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, Fort Sill, Okla.

• 11:30 a.m. - 1:34 p.m. -- Lunch break, exhibit hall open

• 2 p.m. -- Film medley: “The Man” starring Audie Murphy; “The Flight” starring Audie Murphy

• 5-6 p.m., Audie Bingo with Larry Winters, caller

• 7 p.m. concert by Two Irish Tenors (one of the few events not free). Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12 years, includes chili dinner 6-7 p.m.. Chef, Frank Owens.

Saturday, June 25

Fletcher Warren Civic Center

• 8:30 a.m. -- Exhibition room open/military gun exhibition opens/ registration and coffee

• 9 a.m. -- Morning session, Graham Sweeney, master of ceremonies

Post colors -- Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, Fort Sill, Okla.

Invocation by Chris Campbell, United Presbyterian Church

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem -- Mary Jane Vance

Welcome — Graham Sweeney

Guest speaker — Don Jefferies, GISD superintendent

Recognition of Veterans -- Hunt County Veterans Honor Guard

Guest speaker -- Daughters of World War II, Dallas

Guest speaker -- Rep. Ralph Hall

Presentation -- Jimmy James

Retire colors -- Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, Fort Sill, Okla.

Exhibition room will stay open until 2:30 p.m.

• 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Lunch break. Barbecue lunch available at American Legion Post 17, 4509 Moulton.

Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum

600 I-30 East

• 11 a.m. -- G. Company -- WWII Living History encampment on grounds of museum

• 3:30 p.m. -- Stuntmen Autry and West Ward, Q&A session

• 4:30 p.m. -- Film “When the West Was Fun”

• 5:30 p.m. -- Hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks (donations accepted)

• 6:15 p.m. -- Movie quiz by Larry Winters

• 7 p.m. --  Movie “Arizona Raiders”

• 8:30 p.m. -- Candlelight remembrance at Audie Murphy statue

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance --  John Hanners

“God Bless American” --Ed Norman

“Taps” --Mike Spaight

Silent time for personal reflection and remembrance for all the fallen.

 

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