The American Legion Post 85 hosted a special breakfast to kick off local military recognition for Veterans Day on Friday, November 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Palestine.
Veterans, county officials and community members enjoyed breakfast and conversation throughout the morning. They were entertained by the Palestine High School and Junior High Choir with patriotic songs, showered with gifts and paid tribute for their time of service.
An investigation was conducted to find the oldest veteran present and there was a three-way tie between the 89-year-old servicemen. Each received $ 100.
“Today’s Veterans Day breakfast was a great event,” said Brian Alston, American Legion commander and event coordinator. “I want to thank all of the volunteers who came to support and serve the Veterans today. Our success has been made possible by many supporters. Veterans always look forward to the wonderful handmade decorations and cards from our local elementary schools.
“Events like these help us remember the sacrifices made to ensure our freedom. Freedom is not free. Thank you to all of our veterans for their sacrifice.
Several more events are planned this weekend and throughout the week to honor our Veterans on Veterans Day.
The Palestine Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 10K Walk and Fun 5K Run / Walk to benefit our local peer network of Military and Foreign War Veterans, Post 8924 on Saturday, November 6th.
The 10K Ruck March will start at 7:00 am and the 5K Run / Walk will start at 7:30 am.
The day of registration for the race is $ 40. There will be limited availability on race day t-shirts. Register with the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.
After the Ruck March / Fun Run, the American Legion is organizing a parade through the city center.
“We are organizing these events to recognize, honor and celebrate our local veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Brian Alston, event coordinator.
The annual Veterans Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.
Presentation of rewards at the end of the parade by the Grand Marshal of the Parade. The trophies to be awarded include Best Group, Best Car / Truck / Van, Best Car Club, Best In Show Horses, Veterans Best In Show, Stars and Stripes Best In Honoring Veterans Award.
The parade will begin at the Anderson County Courthouse, proceed to A Avenue, turn right onto Oak St, and disperse to the Palestine Visitor Center and Farmers Market.
The “Freedom Truck” will be featured in the parade and will be on display at the end of the parade at the Palestine Visitor Center, next to the parade grandstand. There will be an awards ceremony at the parade grandstand at the end of the parade.
Another Veterans Day Parade will be held at 9:30 am on Thursday, November 11 at Northside Elementary School which will host a Veterans Day Parade.
Veterans are invited to cross the rear parking lot at Northside. Please exit Hwy 155 onto Turner Drive, the road between the car dealership and the apartments, entering the Northside back alley. When exiting Northside, please turn right to keep traffic flowing.
Students will line the back aisle, the car driver will drop off, to honor our local veterans.
And the Palestine Independent School District is holding a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. on November 11 in the high school auditorium. All veterans are welcome and light refreshments will be served.
For more information on the Ruck March / Fun Run, call 903-729-6066 or email [email protected]