Beginning today, Memorial Day celebrations will be held around Wise County to honor those who died in military service to the United States.
Known as Decoration Day until after World War II, Memorial Day is a federal holiday and is the last Monday in May. All local government offices will be closed, and there is no mail delivery. Local schools and banks will also be closed.
To honor veterans and celebrate with friends and family, attend one of the ceremonies listed below.
Let Freedom Ring, a Memorial Day celebration, is 11 a.m. today, at Elm Creek Park in Alvord. The Alvord High School band will perform, and there will be National Guard and fire department equipment on display.
Speakers include Bill Cleveland, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alvord; Phil Bloomer, retired military; and Jim Bloomer, who is currently serving in the military.
Free hot dogs will be served, and desserts will be sold to benefit the Alvord Library Fund.
A roll call to honor all past and present veterans is at 1 p.m. Brick forms will also be available.
For more information, call Vic Czerniak at 817-253-0493 or Ron Taylor at 940-389-1820.
The Wise County Veterans Group will conduct its annual Memorial Day program 10 a.m. Monday, at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park, 406 N. Trinity, in Decatur. Guest speaker is U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, and special recognition will be given to World War II veterans in the group.
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, at Rhome Veteran’s Park. A festival at the Family Park starts at noon and will feature free hot dogs, drinks, live entertainment and a bounce house. Snow cones will be sold.