Memorial Day comes early this year

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Beginning Saturday, Memorial Day celebrations will be held around Wise County to honor those who died in military service to the United States.

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PATRIOTIC RESPECT – A veteran salutes the American flag at a local veterans park. Those who wish to honor veterans and celebrate with friends and family may attend one of three Memorial Day ceremonies in Wise County. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Known as Decoration Day until after World War II, Memorial Day is a federal holiday and is the last Monday in May – which comes almost as early as it can on this year’s calendar. Those who wish to honor veterans and celebrate with friends and family may attend one of the ceremonies listed below.

PARADISE – The Paradise Historical Society is sponsoring a Memorial Day service 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown. Speaker is veteran Jim Parker. Local veterans who have died in or out of service will be honored, and a partial list of names will be read aloud. Applications will be on hand for family members to fill out for active and veteran duty servicemen to be included on a master list maintained by the Paradise Historical Society. For information, contact Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 or email

RHOME – The city of Rhome will have a Memorial Day celebration 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Rhome Veterans Park, 100 S. Virginia Lane. J.D. Clark will be the keynote speaker. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served at the Family Park, 400 S. Virginia, and there will be a bounce house.

WISE COUNTY – The Wise County Veterans Group Memorial Day Program is 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Wise County Veterans Park in Decatur. Speaker is Keith McComis, former mayor of Bridgeport. Fallen veterans of all wars will be honored with emphasis on those from the “forgotten wars,” Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Music will be provided by Texas Praise from The Bay church in Runaway Bay. For information, call 940-859-4562.

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