Veterans to be honored during event: Battle re-enactment to occur
WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County veterans, family, friends and anyone with the love of all things historic and “Americana” should attend the annual “Ellis County Veteran’s Ceremony” starting with music at 9:30 a.m., at the Waxahachie Civic Center, located at 2000 Civic Center Lane Saturday, Nov. 11.
Organizer Perry Giles is encouraging everyone who attends to consider inviting someone who has never been before or possibly doesn’t know about it. “Texas Civil Defense will be present at the event Saturday morning to pay respects to all who have been noble and brave helping shape our country’s freedoms we enjoy today,” said Major Charles Hatfield, public affairs officer for TCD.
“Please come out and join us.”
This year there will be a tribute to the veterans of the War on Terror, (9-11 generation) who have volunteered to serve.
“Normally we don’t have a lot of younger veterans attend as compared to the veterans of Vietnam, Korea and World War II, so if you know someone, please go to the trouble to tell them that we want them there, both young and old,” stated Giles.
Once the ceremony is over, weather permitting, everyone will head outdoors for the gun salute and vintage military aircraft flyover.
After the ceremony venture on over to the square in Downtown Waxahachie for more than 250 living history participants and more than 60 military vehicles re-creating World War II sites.
Husband and wife duo, Peter and Deanne Bronikowski, help put together and organize the re-enactment every year.
“There is so much about the 40s that has influenced our society today,” said Deanne Bronikowski, already picking out a hat from her vintage collection to wear.
“During WWII, it was women who stepped up and joined the ranks at the production lines and factories and on the farms, they did the jobs of men, that was the start of the women’s lib movements but most people say it was the 60’s.”
Bronikowski, a member of the WWII War Bride Association, loves to see the excitement from men and women alike when she dresses up in her 40s attire.
“I have had a vet push my husband out of the way so he could take a picture of the back seams on my hosiery. That was the sweetest thing—he looked like he was 18 years old again and had a devilish grin on his face. You know he must have been a ‘looker’ back in the day.”
The re-enactment begins with an Oktoberfest kick-off at the College Street Pub at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, and will conclude by noon Sunday. For a full list of Veteran’s Day events click here.