Today's history lesson: Though World War I didn't officially end till mid-1919, a cease-fire began Nov. 11, 1918, effectively concluding what was then considered the war to end all wars. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 to be Armistice Day. After World War II, it was renamed Veterans Day to recognize all U.S. veterans. Pay tribute to their sacrifices at one of these local events on Nov. 9-12.
Dallas Veterans Day Parade
This year's parade honors veterans of the Gulf War -- Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Activities start in front of Dallas City Hall with military displays and the Oath of Enlistment administered to more than 150 men and women entering all branches of service. At 11 a.m., massing of the colors and the 11th Hour ceremony take place with the symbolic laying of the wreath, taps and missing man formation fly-over. At the same time, the parade gets underway at Young and Houston streets and travels north on Houston, east on Main, turns on Ervay and passes in front of City Hall. Participants include marching bands, JROTC groups, floats, veterans' organizations and military vehicles. Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas. vetsdayindallas.org.
American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans
This 10th annual patriotic festival for the whole family features musical headliners the Oak Ridge Boys and Sammy Kershaw and includes a 5K/10K run/walk, a car/bike/truck show, entertainment, food and drink vendors, a silent auction, Veterans Day ceremonies and a fireworks show. Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to midnight at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony. Admission, parking and concerts are free. No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed, but dogs are welcome. saluteamericanheroes.com.
Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade
"Vietnam Letters From Home" is the theme for the 2017 parade presented by the Tarrant County Veterans Council. Participants include veterans, military groups, Fort Worth first responders, JROTC units, bands, veteran support groups and more. The parade begins at the Tarrant County Courthouse and will proceed down Main Street, stopping in Sundance Square for opening ceremonies at 11 a.m., and continues down Main to Fourth Street, then south on Houston Street. Be on the lookout for a fly-over by the 301st Fighter Wing. Nov. 11 from 10:45 a.m. to noon at Sundance Square, East Third and Main streets, Fort Worth. tarrantcountyveterans.org.
Grapevine Veterans Day Parade and Fair
Salute military veterans during this year's parade, which carries the theme "Women in the Military." The parade proceeds down Main Street between Dallas Road and Wall Street. Afterward, head to Liberty Park for a veterans fair with a wall of honor and military vehicles display, veterans service organizations, food and more. Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Historic Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com.
Turkey Trax Auto Show and Veterans 5K
Veterans will be honored in Forney during this annual event now in its 10th year. Vehicles will be showcased in a variety of classes, including vintage, antiques, classics, muscle cars, Mustangs, Corvettes, trucks and low-riders. Car show participants and spectators are encouraged to sport their military pride amid patriotic displays throughout the park. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans organizations. The event is supported by the city of Forney and is hosted by the Sharing The Love Foundation youth and volunteers. Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Forney Community Park, 241 South FM548, Forney. $20 registration for the Veterans 5K begins at 8 a.m. Admission to the auto show is free for spectators. sharingthelove.org.
Some additional commemorations around North Texas:
- Arlington Heroes Parade
- DeSoto Vet Fest
- Farmers Branch Veterans Day Celebration
- Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade
- Frisco Community Parade
- Grand Prairie Veterans Day Ceremony
- Irving Veterans Day Program
- McKinney Veterans Memorial
- Stars and Stripes Film Festival
- Veterans Day at F.A.R.M. Urban Park
- Veterans Day BBQ at Lakewood Brewing Co.
- Veterans Day Picnic in Mesquite
- Veterans Day Program in Allen
- Waxahachie Veterans Weekend and Reenactment
Sara Burgos, Ellen Ritscher Sackett and Shannon Sutlief contributed to this report