Active military, veterans, patriotic groups, scouts and ROTC will assemble outside of First Presbyterian Church on Nov. 12 before entering the building in a solemn, patriotic Massing of the Colors ceremony. The event — hosted by the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars — acknowledges and pays respect to members of the U. S. military and the flag they serve under.
“It is our way of providing the community with an event honoring the colors of the United States of America and the men and women who are currently serving or have served under those colors,” said retired U.S. Air Force major Robert Williams.
The time honored event, Williams said, originated with The Society of the Massing of the Colors, which was organized by distinguished military officers, veterans and civic leaders at the end of World War I. It is now hosted by MOWW chapters across the country.
Before the 2:30 p.m. processional, attendees will enjoy a concert of patriotic music performed by the Dallas Military Frontier Band.
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Organizers expect units from such organizations as Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Daughters of the War of 1812 to participate. Other participants typically include National Sojourners, American Legion, VFW and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. JROTC groups from UT Arlington, TCU and Fort Worth ISD are also expected to participate. During the impressive ceremony, each group carries their organizational flags and the American flag as they march inside for the program.
Remarks from guest speaker Brigadier General Howard Palmer from the Texas State Guard will be followed by a brief program honoring the national colors. To conclude the program, the flags processional will again form and formally exit to mark the end of the ceremonies.
“Representatives from any veteran, patriotic and scouting organizations are welcome to bring their flag pairs [unit flag and U.S. flag] to join in the procession,” Williams said.
There is no admission charge for the event, and registration for participants is not required. The church is located at 1000 Penn Avenue. Assembly is at 2 p.m. and the processional begins at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Email inquiries to Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 817-308-1386.
Veterans Day Parade honors Vietnam-era military mail carriers
The theme for the Veterans Day parade on Saturday in downtown Fort Worth is “Remembering the Vietnam War… Letters from Home.” Organized by the Tarrant County Veterans Council, the parade will step off in front of the Tarrant County courthouse at 10:45 a.m. and march down Main Street to Sundance Square where opening ceremonies are set for around 11 a.m.
“This year we honor Vietnam-era military mail carriers while saluting all service members – past and present,” said TCVC spokesman Bruce E. Zielsdorf. “The parade will honor all of America’s military veterans, as well as the countless Vietnam-era mail carriers who delivered words of hope across Southeast Asia.”
“Veterans Day should celebrate the service of Americans who donned a uniform. It’s a day to say ‘Thank you for your service’ and a time when veterans can say ‘Thank you for your support.’ ”
Among the 60 or more entries are veterans, military groups, Fort Worth first responders, Junior ROTC units, bands, veteran support groups, vintage military vehicles, and others.
Grand Marshal of the parade Kevin Farmer, 37th Postmaster of Fort Worth. Lauren Hoying Hedrick will sing the national anthem, and taps will be played Bill Fischer, Sgt. Marine Corps League. The 301st Fighter Wing will do a flyover during the ceremonies.
Correction: Camp Fire ‘Artists Christmas’ is Nov. 11 at the Fort Worth Zoo. Tickets and a preview of the art are online at www.campfirefw.com. The website was incorrect in last week’s column.
Events at a glance
Community Storehouse has a new home. After 20 year in the same location on Keller Hicks Road, Community Storehouse recently opened in their new location around the corner at 805 Katy Road. The charity provides educational and nutritional support to low-income children in the Keller, Carroll and Northwest school districts. Special events last week hosted donors and welcomed the community with a grand opening celebration. An open house and ribbon cutting is planned for Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.communitystorehouse.org/ or call 817-330-6360.
St. Paul Methodist Church Fall Craft Show is Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 852 W. Bedford Euless Rd. Vendors will be selling handmade items, children’s books, floral & holiday arrangements, goat milk soap, cross body purses, doll clothes, fused glass products, and custom design Christmas ornaments. A bake sale will have homemade pies, cakes and cookies. Lunch will be available for a small fee cooked by the Mary Martha Sunday School class. Carter Blood Bank Mobile unit will be there 8 to 12. For information, Ruby Hutton at 817-366-9548.
Women United Sip and Shop is Nov. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pier 1 Imports, 433 Carroll St. Hosted by United Way, attendees can master the art of Christmas tree napkin folding, learn from hands-on workshops about everything from holiday tablescapes to glorious gifting and enjoy giveaways, raffles and 20% off their regular-priced purchase. Details and RSVP at goo.gl/J4FfdH.
Salute to Our Veterans is Nov. 11 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center. Produced by Taps ’n Tunes Productions, the family friendly event will have tables in the gallery to visit with veterans and a display of military memorabilia. There will be two USO Variety Shows at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Panther Band will play dance music and guests can enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Inquire at 817-268-0388 or tapsntunes.com.
Do you enjoy live theater? Love a good comedy? Like helping people and enjoy making new friends? Want to be a part of the fine arts community in Arlington? If your answer is yes, then the Theatre Arlington Guild is for you.
Since 1994 the Guild has provided trained volunteers to assist with Theatre Arlington’s programs and activities. Guild members work to stimulate interest in Theatre Arlington throughout the community.
Members enjoy the benefit of seeing Theatre Arlington plays and musicals for free when signing up to work as ushers or to work at concessions or the ticket booth. Volunteers can also help with mailings or reception duties at the theatre business office. Membership dues are $15 annually.
To learn more about volunteering, contact Guild president Becky Phillips at 817-675-4418 or email her at BeckyWalkerPhillips@gmail.com.