Eyes on Arlington: Ceremony will honor World War II veterans

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A Veterans Day ceremony is planned for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park to honor U.S. military veterans along with those who served in the armed forces of South Vietnam and other U.S. allies.

The ceremony, jointly presented by the Arlington Veterans Park Foundation, Great Southwest Arlington Rotary, Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County and Heroes of South Vietnam Memorial Foundation, will highlight and honor the service of World War II veterans.

Rotarian Jim Runzheimer said the groups are seeking input from the community to identify veterans so that they can be included in the ceremonies. Friends and relatives are urged to send the name and contact information for World War II veterans by email to runz-law@att.net or call 817-795- 2020.

The community is invited to attend the ceremonies where special guest presenter will be retired Rear Adm. James A. Lair. Lair served for 38 years in the Marines and Navy. His service included flying more than 200 combat missions over Vietnam, commanding the aircraft carrier USS America and directing the operations of the U.S. European Command.

Lair will introduce each World War II veteran and give a summary of the veteran’s contribution to our military as a member of “The Greatest Generation.”

Special patriotic music will be provided by The Cowtown Music, club led by Judge Brent Carr of County Criminal Court No. 9, who served in the Marine Corps.

A complimentary luncheon immediately follows the ceremony at the park pavilion. Reservations are required and will be limited to the first 500 respondents. Send your RSVP to runz-law@att.net or call Runzheimer at 817-795-2020.

Library Friends facility damaged by fire

Early this month, a fire at the storage facility for the Friends of the Arlington Library heavily damaged the contents of the warehouse and the office.

The full extent of the destruction is still being sorted out, but water and soot damage were immediately apparent.

“Fortunately, we just had our sale, but we already had some new donations; some leftover collector things, including books from our auction; and shelves of nonfiction books for our bookseller to go through,” said Friends member Candy Halliburton.

Friends President Wayne Halliburton told members at a recent meeting that a proposal to begin a restoration of the damaged contents has been presented to the insurer. He indicated that once that process begins, office equipment would be treated initially, followed by furniture and fixtures. Once that is completed, then sorting of the books could resume.

“What we need now is a space to work in,” said Halliburton. Until that is resolved, the group has no place to house new donations.

Anyone interested in helping the Friends can contact Halliburton at wano56@sbcglobal.net.

Decorative Painting Month in Arlington

Mayor Robert Cluck announced that October is Decorative Painting Month in Arlington in a recent proclamation presented to the local Bluebonnet chapter of decorative painters. The local ceremony aligns with the national observation of the art form.

There’s still time to see some of the beautiful artwork until the end of the month at the Lake Arlington Library, at 4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd., and the Southwest Branch Library, at 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd. The national Society of Decorative Painting encouraged local chapters to join others around the world in public displays of their art during this month.

Bluebonnet member Jan Handley said the chapter meets bimonthly at the Bob Duncan Center, at 2800 S. Center St. The next meeting is Nov. 8.

To inquire, contact Pat Hooper at 817-485-5288.

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