Remember our Veterans and their service to our country: Tenth Annual Ellis County Veterans Ceremony
WAXAHACHIE – On Saturday, Nov. 13, veterans, past and present, from around the county will be honored for their years of service to the country.
This year’s ceremonies will be held at the Waxahachie Civic Center located at I-35E and Highway 287.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and to come early, before 9:30 a.m. so they may find a seat to hear a classic swing band kicking off the ceremonies.
The program will be held indoors in the main ballroom, so weather will not be a reason not to attend.
All branches of the military will be recognized while their individual branch music is played, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard.
The program begins at 10 a.m. with more music, a few short readings honoring our veterans along with photos projected on the screen. Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Veterans of the Cold War era, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of the individuals being recognized at this year’s ceremonies will be Cook Thi-rd Class Doris Miller USN, (Dorie to his ship mates). Miller was one of the first heroes of World War II, stationed in Pearl Harbor due to his heroism under fire and to the fact he was a cook, not a machine gunner.
Miller was assigned to the USS Virginia on Dec. 7, 1941 and was below deck when the battle stations alarm was sounded.
Through all the commotion going on, Miller found himself manning a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun.
He started firing, although he had never been trained on one, until he ran out of ammunition and was ordered to abandoned ship.
On April 1, 1942 he received the Navy Cross, presented by Admiral Nimitz, for his extraordinary courage under fire in battle.
On June 30, 1973, the USS Miller, a Knox-class frigate was commissioned and named in honor of Doris Miller.
The Dorie Miller Intermediate, named in honor of Miller, is located at 2200 W. Lampasas, Ennis and was recognized by the Texas Education Agency this year.
After the ceremonies are complete indoors, everyone will be asked to go outside to the Veterans Memorial, on the north side of the convention center, for the laying-of-the-wreath by Mrs. LaRue Miller, sister-in-law of Doris Miller.
She is a life-long resident of Midlothian, who taught school in Midlothian for 45 years and also has a school there named after her; the LaRue Miller Elementary, on Sudith Lane.
A flyover of vintage aircraft including era aircraft such as a C-47’s (DC-9), a B-25 Mitchell bomber, and several vintage WWII airplanes are scheduled to make appearances, depending on the weather conditions.
There will be no political speeches even though several have requested to speak.
This event is for the remembrance of our veterans and their sacrifices to this great nation so we may embrace the freedoms we enjoy today.