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G.H. 40th Anniversary Family Festival goes on despite rain

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GLENN HEIGHTS – Perseverance can describe the City of Glenn Heights’ first 40 years.

Nestled in between several neighboring cities and encompassing both Ellis and Dallas counties, Glenn Heights kept persevering this past weekend.

While the rains, lightning, and wet grounds may have cut short Thursday night’s Sept. 10 celebration and Friday night’s celebration was cancelled, the long planned 40th Anniversary Family Festival went off Saturday without a glitch.

While the event had to be moved away from the beautiful Heritage Park and indoors to the Red Oak Intermediate School on Ovilla Road in Glenn Heights, the attendance was great and everyone had a wonderful time.

Saturday started with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Glenn Heights Lion’s Club. At 11 a.m., the formal program kicked off Saturday’s day long event.

Several honored guests attended the celebration kick off including State Representative Helen Giddings, DeSoto Mayor Bobby Waddle, Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley, and Ovilla Mayor Bill Van-syckle.

Eight -year-old Madison Zandt sang The Star Spangled Banner and Councilwoman Kathy Dixon welcomed everyone to the celebration.

Councilwoman Mary Ann Chancellor provided a history of Glenn Heights to the crowd with recognition of its founders following.

Recognition included honoring the spouses of three of Glenn Heights founding fathers.

Those honored were the spouses of the late N.L. (Moe) Craddock, the late Wayne January, and Joe Howard.

Sylvia Craddock, wife of Moe Craddock, was presented the Key to the City by the current Mayor, the Honorable Clark Choate.

The culmination of the opening ceremony included the formal unveiling of the new Five Year Strategic Plan by City Manager Jacqueline L. Lee.

It was pointed out the now that the city learned where they "came from," it was now vitally important to know where they are going.

The Vision of the Strategic Plan is, "To be a model community of neighbors."

Several craft booths and vendors were available for those in attendance.

The crowd was entertained throughout the day by the Symphonic Band from McCowan Middle School, D.J. James Coo-perwood, Madison Zandt, Longhorn Cheer, IRC Rock Band, Cedrick Barrett Concepts Jazz Band, and two performances by Daryl Sprout entitled Snake Encounters.

With the original Patr-iot’s Day plans scheduled for Friday night cancelled, the ceremony originally scheduled was moved to Saturday evening.

The solemn ceremony began with a presentation of the United States Flag to Mayor Choate by an Honor Guard consisting of Firefighter Keith Moore, Police Officer Jimmy Weisbruch and Glenn Heights Street Superintendent Larry Pennington (former Navy Petty Officer).

The flag had been flown over the United States Capital especially for the City of Glenn Heights and its 40th Anniversary.

The Honor Guard entered and exited with Bagpipes being played by Arlington Firefighter Steve Pruitt.

A moment of silence was observed followed by Taps.

Police officers and firefighters were brought forward for acknowledgment and a few words were provided by Police Chief Phillip Prasifka honoring them.

Colonel Gerald Lemons, Army Reserve, provided a few words honoring the military.

Fire Chief Chris Shook then had all present and former armed forces members come forward to be recognized.

Those who came forward included a World War II veteran, Korean War veteran, a Vietnam War veteran, an active member of the United States Army with two tours in Iraq in combat, and four current Glenn Heights Police Officers with prior military service.

The 40th Anniversary Committee Chairperson, Councilman Dan Freeman described the Patriot’s Day ceremony as "moving".

The Fireworks Extravaganza originally scheduled for both Friday and Saturday nights have now been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31.

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