Stephenville celebrates Veterans Day with parade, other events


Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (November 9, 2015) – Stephenville is gearing up to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. A variety of organizations and schools are hosting events for veterans and the community from this Friday to November 14. Be sure to check out as many as you can to thank the local veterans for serving our country! Veterans have sacrificed so much for us, many of them have unfortunately lost their sight or limbs in combat, if you are a soldier and you have experienced something like this, make sure you check out websites similar to as it might help you to get the right compensation for your injuries.

Henderson Junior High’s Veterans Day Assembly and Reception began at 9:40 a.m. on Friday, November 6. The junior high students met and honored local veterans. At the high school, the student council held a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast in the library at 7 a.m. on Friday as well. Veterans were honored in the pep rally that followed.

“This breakfast is a tribute to those men and women who have served in our country’s military branches, those who have put their lives in harm’s way and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today,” student council sponsor Crystal Tarpley said. “They too were once young like our students, and it’s important for our students to hear firsthand what their thoughts and experiences were and how they were willing to put country before self.”

Tarleton Veterans Association hosted a “Thank a Veteran” dinner at City Hall at City Limits on Saturday, November 7. With a silent auction, a possible live auction, music by Chuck Hawthorne, a marine veteran, keynote speakers such as Mayor Kenny Weldon and the chance to meet and hear from local veterans. Money raised will benefit Disabled American Veterans, Tarleton Veterans Association and scholarships for student veterans. For more, call president of the Tarleton Veterans Association Chilo Carlson at 817-233-4283.

“I believe this event gives the community a chance to show support for our veterans both past and present,” Carlson said. “It’s a chance to take time out of our busy schedules to thank them.”

On Veterans Day, November 11, the 94th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will commence at the Erath County Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. This event is hosted by the American Legion Turnbow-Higgs Post 240. The Tarleton ROTC Color Guard will present the posting of colors and rifle salute in honor of our veterans. Coffee and donuts will be provided by Erath County United Way and InterBank.

The 2015 Veterans Day Parade on November 14 will begin at 2 p.m. at the parking lot of Ranger College. The parade will follow a route that runs south on Harbin, turns east on Washington St., then north on St. Felix, west on Sloan and ends in the parking lot of Tarleton Memorial Stadium. Entries for the parade are still being accepted.

“This provides an opportunity for citizens to get a feel for who the veterans are,” Stephenville Rotary Club member Burton Smith said. “We have representatives from World War Two through Afghanistan. We are particularly interested in the Vietnam veterans finally getting some positive recognition.”

For more information on the Veterans Day events, call Smith at 254-366-3362.

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