Veterans are being honored across Denton County this weekend, ranging from an all-day festival in The Colony featuring performer Lee Greenwood to a special Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.
Events will include free music, hot dogs, breakfast tacos, honor guard salutes, special music, theater and choir productions and special speakers, and special honors to local veterans.
The Monday event is sponsored by the Denton County Veterans Service Office, in cooperation with the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. It will include a special military fly-over by the Trojan Phlyers, vintage and new military vehicles, Honor to the Colors, Honors to the Veterans, TWU Brass Ensemble, Sam Houston Elementary School Choir, a wreath presentation with bagpipes by the Denton Fire Department, rifle volley and the playing of “Taps.”
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 957th Quartermaster Company, Disabled Veterans of America, USMC League, American Legion, JROTC will participate.
Scheduled events include:
American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans: 6:30 a.m. to midnight, The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Dr. The all-day festival begins with a 5K/10K and a 1-mile fun run, with registration at 6:30 a.m. It will continue throughout the day with a carnival, food vendors, exhibits, a car show, a tribute to veterans, a free concert by Lee Greenwood and fireworks show. The carnival closes at midnight.
Flower Mound celebration: 1 to 3 p.m., Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony. A family picnic will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., with free hot dogs, cake, and lemonade. A Veterans Review during the Veterans Day ceremony will include an expected 200 local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and JROTC units parading before the veterans in uniform.
Air Force Junior ROTC salute to Denton County veterans: Starting at 7:20 a.m., Guyer High School, 7501 Teasley Lane, Denton. Cadets will serve breakfast tacos and coffee in the school cafeteria, with a ceremony at the school’s flag pole beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be a guest speaker, and Guyer students and AFJROTC cadets will form a line and personally thank all present veterans at the ceremony.
McNair Elementary Veterans Day reception: Starting at 8 a.m., 1212 Hickory Creek Rd., Denton. Veterans will be invited to speak about where they served, what branch of the military they were in and what their favorite tour of duty was. McNair fifth-graders will read poems about each branch of the military, and the entire grade will sing patriotic songs. Veterans are encouraged to stay and enjoy doughnuts and juice.
Denton High School Student Council tribute: Starting at 8:15 a.m., 1007 Fulton Street. A free continental breakfast will be served in Room 106 by the Denton High Student Council, and a flag ceremony by the Air Force Junior ROTC will follow in the front of the school at 8:15 a.m. A procession will then lead back to the school auditorium for music by the DHS Lab Band One Jazz Ensemble at 9:45 a.m. The DHS National Honor Society will play host to a special Veterans Day program at 10 a.m., with performances by JROTC, the chorale, the orchestra, the band and theater students. Keynote speaker will be Bob Sikes, a retired U.S. Marine Corps major.
Houston Elementary Veterans Day assembly: Starting at 8:15 a.m. in the school cafeteria, 3100 Teasley Lane, Denton. Local veterans will be honored.
Ryan High annual veterans salute: Students will gather at the school’s flagpole at 8:30 a.m. to greet veterans while the Ryan Air Force Junior ROTC presents the colors. Trumpeters will perform the national anthem, “Taps” and other patriotic songs. Veterans will be able to share memories and stories with students following the presentation. Ryan is located at 5101 E. McKinney St., Denton.
McMath Middle School Veterans Day program: Starting at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria, 1900 Jason Drive, Denton. Students from sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies classes will deliver presentations, while the McMath cheerleaders and student-led Junior ROTC groups show their appreciation to Denton County veterans. The McMath Tiger Band will also perform.
Special Memorial Service: At 30-minute ceremony at Ernest W. Dallas Jr. Veterans Memorial Park, 6100 Sun Ray Drive, will include the laying of stones for Vietnam vets and one for war dogs.
Veterans Day Ceremony on the Square: 11 a.m. to noon, Courthouse on the Square, Denton. The Denton County Veterans Service Office, in coordination with the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, will conduct the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Square on the courthouse lawn.