Memorial Day events

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Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday

10 a.m.: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. A speech by Air Force chaplain Nathan Tucker, an honor guard by the Patriot Guard riders, a horse-drawn caisson, a Liberty Bell and a ring of honor for a 19-year-old solder who died in Afghanistan.

10 a.m.: Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. Speech by funeral director Bobby Debenport. Also: the Fort Worth Scottish Pipes and Drums, the Southwest High School JROTC, a wreath-laying by VFW Post 8911, patriotic songs by the Fort Worth City Band and a cannon salute.

10 a.m.: Grand Prairie Veterans Memorial, 925 W. Conover Drive, Grand Prairie. A bagpiper, a salute by the Grand Prairie police honor guard, a flyover of AT-6 historic aircraft by the Commemorative Air Force, patriotic music by the Grand Prairie Arts Council, a wreath-laying by the Bluebonnet Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a color guard by the Grand Prairie Vietnam Veterans Association. Also: free hot dogs, burgers and lemonade from two Rotary clubs, a red oak seedling giveaway by the parks department and sales of military memorabilia.

10:30 a.m.: Greenwood Cemetery, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth. Canadian Lt. Gen. J.A.J. Parent, deputy commanding general of NORAD at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., will speak. A wreath-laying will be held for World War I Canadian and British pilots who died during training at three airfields around Fort Worth. The ceremony is conducted every other year for the 38 pilots buried at Greenwood. Father Chris Stainbrook of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church will conduct the service, with pipers from Fort Worth Scottish Pipes and Drums, and a flyover of World War II Stearman biplanes by local pilots. Reception at the Elks Lodge on White Settlement Road.

11 a.m.: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Speech by Brig. Gen. Casey D. Blake, deputy director of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, a Knights of Columbus wreath placement, a cannon salute by the 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, and music by the Mountain View College Community Band and Reflections Home School Choir. Free shuttles from The Potter’s House, 6777 W. Kiest Blvd.

Noon: Skyvue Memorial Gardens, 7220 Rendon Bloodworth Road, Mansfield. Speech by Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks. Also: Patriot Guard riders and a color guard from the Summit High School JROTC. Free hot dogs and drinks.

5 p.m.: Westlake Academy, 2600 J.T. Ottinger Road, Westlake. Speech by Afghanistan veteran Brian Fleming. Also: Patriot Guard riders and Boy Scouts.

6:30 p.m.: Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth. The ceremony will be at the center of the cemetery near life-size bronze statues depicting a World War I doughboy and a modern infantryman. Speech by Navy Capt. Robert Bennett, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth. Former Air Force pilot Robert Knox will be the master of ceremonies. The Moslah Shrine Band and First Christian Church Chancel Choir will perform. Also planned are a dove release, taps, a bagpipe tribute, and wreath-layings by veteran and patriotic organizations. The ceremony will conclude with a motorcade to the Paddock Viaduct. Navy chaplain Mark Tews will hold a brief service, and wreaths will be cast into the Trinity River in memory of Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine war dead.

7 p.m.: Bicentennial Park, 3200 Smith Barry Road, Pantego. An area veteran will speak. Also: bagpipes, a color guard and patriotic music. Free hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and soft drinks.

7:45 p.m.: U.S. Veterans Museum, 317 E. U.S. 377, Granbury. Speech by a man whose son died five months ago in Afghanistan. The ceremony will include a bagpiper.

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