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Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day Saturday

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Special to The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – The men and women of our nation’s armed forces will be honored with a special ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center, South I-35E at Highway 287, near the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. with a classic swing band and followed by the ceremony at 10 a.m. Also a vocalist group from Ferris Avenue Baptist Church will be on hand, and the "So Noted" men’s choir will perform.

A military fly-over is scheduled, weather permitting.

One of many Ellis county residents who died during World War II was Leland Wickliffe of Ferris. His name appears on the memorial outside of the Civic Center as well as on a memorial marker in the Ferris cemetery. His name also appears on a marker, along with 38,000 other veterans, at the American cemetery in the Philippines.

Since the year 2000, the ceremony has allowed thousands of residents to collectively participate in a moving tribute honoring veterans past and present from the communities of Ellis County.

"The event is more than a ceremony filled with speeches and patriotic music," said one organizer.

"It is a multi-generational program that bridges the past to the present, bringing together today’s youth with the men and women who are presently with us as we pay tribute to their sacrifice and service," said one event spokesperson.

The ceremony honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms through first-person narratives read by area students.

"Those narratives keep the memories of our fallen heroes fresh and vivid, allowing a new generation of Ellis County citizens to learn not only about their heroism, but about their lives as well.

"While they paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we all enjoy, it is important that we remember not only their valor, but also the fact that they were someone’s father, husband, son, mother, wife or daughter. Without question, it is a moving tribute," said event spokesperson.

The ceremony will conclude with a fly-over from vintage aircraft as everyone gathers on the

grounds of the Veterans Memorial erected in 2000.

The event is open to the public and admission is FREE.

For more information contact Perry Giles 972-937-4463 or David Hudgins at 972-679-3510.

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