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Veterans will be honored during downtown parade Tuesday

High school bands and military personnel are among the thousands of people who are expected to honor veterans Tuesday during the 2014 Veterans Day Parade downtown.

“Patriotism is more than just a word,” said parade organizer Martin Agee III, president of the Tarrant County Veterans Council.

About 8,000 participants will put their patriotism on display during the annual event, which steps off from LaGrave Field at 10:30 a.m. Participants will march along Main Street. There will also be a ceremony at Sundance Plaza, Agee said.

The annual event is organized by the council, chartered in 1971. Fort Worth was officially designated a regional site for the observance of the holiday by the Veterans Affairs Department. Agee said the designation resulted from the city’s commitment to veterans and history.

Members of seven area high school bands will perform in the parade. Marchers will include more than 3,000 students in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Military personnel from all branches will take part in the parade, Agee said. There will also be antique cars and floats.

Agee said streets will likely be closed by 10 a.m. so people should plan to arrive before then.

The parade kicks off even as the region braces for chilly weather.

“With the weather being cold, we are recommending that people come bundled up,” he said.

The city helps make the parade a success, Agee said. Naval Air Station Fort Worth, the Fort Worth school district, the Tarrant County Commissioners Court and Sundance Square also help make the event possible.

VETERANS DAY EVENTS

• Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade starts at LaGrave Field near North Main Street. The parade, with the theme “Honoring Our Flag” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, will feature military personnel, floats and high school marching bands. Step-off begins at 10:30 a.m. at LaGrave; opening ceremonies in Sundance Square at 11 a.m. www.tarrantcountyveteranscouncil.org/2014parade.

• Arlington Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Veterans Park, 3600 W. Arkansas Lane. Featured speaker is retired Maj. Gen. James Williams. Ceremony will focus on Korean War veterans.

• Dallas Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m., with opening ceremonies in front of Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. Parade route starts at Reunion Arena. www.vetsdayindallas.org.

• Veterans Day observance, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 4120 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth.

• Veterans Day ceremony, 3 p.m., Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Keynote speaker is Navy Capt. Gil Miller, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth.

• Fort Worth school board veterans recognition, 5:30 p.m., boardroom, 2903 Shotts St. The district invites all school employees who are veterans or in the reserves to be recognized. A JROTC combined-services color guard will present the colors.

• California Pizza Kitchen restaurants will give veterans and active military personnel a complimentary entree from a Veterans Day menu.

• Norma’s Cafe restaurants, mostly in Dallas County, will serve free breakfast to all veterans and military personnel.

• TGI Friday’s restaurants will provide veterans and active military personnel free lunch, select items only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tarrant County College is hosting a number of events to honor veterans, including a Veterans Appreciation Day at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in Fort Worth, a memorial wall will be installed in the Trinity River Rotunda. The wall lists the names of fallen service members from 9-11 to present.

What’s closed

Most major banks, federal and state offices, including those for Social Security and driver licenses, and the Postal Service will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

What’s open

• The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market are open.

• Most city offices and school districts are open.

• Trash service is not affected.

• The Fort Worth Transportation Authority will operate on a normal schedule.

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