The city’s annual Veterans Day celebration on Saturday honored all military veterans, but paid special tribute to the veterans of Desert Storm in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm.
The event, held on Main Street in downtown Grapevine, was highlighted by Grand Marshal Doil Dalton, 97, a World War II veteran and former Grapevine mayor pro tem and 17-year city councilman.
Dalton, who looked dapper in his army sergeant’s uniform, said it fit a little better at his 160-pound service weight compared to his current 130 pounds.
“It doesn’t fit quite right, but I’m proud to wear it,” the Grapevine resident said.
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Dalton was proud to serve as grand marshal and honor those who served of all ages, saying, “I’m just delighted to honor all veterans.”
The Veterans Day Parade is produced by Airport Cities VFW 10454 in Grapevine and sponsored by the city of Grapevine.
Veterans Day, held annually on Nov. 11, is an official U.S. holiday that honors people who have served in the Armed Forces.
Congressman Kenny Marchant, who represents the 24th Congressional District — which includes Colleyville, Grapevine and Southlake among other districts — hosted after the parade his annual Veterans Fair. The event was held in Grapevine’s Liberty Park and featured veteran benefits information, the wall of honor, veteran organizations, live music by Guitars for Heroes, food, activities and a military vehicle show. More than 20 organizations provided veterans services, programs and benefits.
Kathleen Thompson, who comes from a military family and helped found the inaugural event in 2012, said she conceived of the idea of the “patriotic event to give people the opportunity to thank a soldier and to experience the strength of our community.”