2nd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Sunday, 11 November 2012 3:00 - 4:00pm at the Fallen Warrior Memorial in Pfluger Park
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Pflugerville, Texas is having its
Second Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Sunday, 11 November 2012, from 3:00 - 4:00pm
Fallen Warrior Memorial
515 City Park Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
At about 2:30pm, the crowd began gathering around the Fallen Warrior Memorial in beautiful Pfluger Park. The Patriot Guard Riders were arriving with their flag detail. The Hendrickson High School Band and Choir began assembling. The Pflugerville Police and Parks & Recreation Depts. were assisting the elderly and handicapped from the parking lot to the chairs set aside for them in the front. The American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, and members of the Rotary Interact Clubs helped pass out flags and programs. The individual service flags, including the Merchant Marines and POW/MIA, were dancing in the light breeze along the edges of the memorial. The temperature was pleasant and it was a very good day for a ceremony!
Although the skies were cloudy, the three planes were flying low and slow enough for excellent viewing. Cameras were snapping pictures, flags were waving, hands were waving, as everyone enjoyed the moment! Once they passed, as the applause was fading, you could hear them turning to come back around for another pass. Another great showing of hands and flags waving, and photos taken, then they continued on their way.
Once again, Jim Wilkinson began the introduction by thanking everyone for attending and recognizing the participants, supporters, planning committee, and especially the speakers. Then he introduced Pastor Stephen Washburn of the First Baptist Church - Pflugerville to bring the invocation. Next came the Posting of the Colors by the Pflugerville Police Honor Guard.
The Pledges of Allegiance (U.S. and Texas) were led by Boy Scouts from Troop 4277. Before the singing of the National Anthem, a special announcement was made: ...a note to all Veterans: in accordance with the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, Sec. 595, titled Military Salute for the Flag during the National Anthem, "members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform". Many veterans, for the first time since being in uniform, were now able to salute the flag while the Choir sang the National Anthem very beautifully. There was a very noticeable and meaningful pride in these salutes!
Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman was next to the podium. Mayor Coleman expressed his thanks to the veterans and shared his increased understanding of the military and the people who serve in our military forces. He also shared his thanks to those in the community for coming together and building the Fallen Warrior Memorial and planning the Annual Veterans Day ceremonies.
Michael Monroy followed the Mayor singing with his acoustic guitar his original song titled "Red, White and Blue". His song was very moving and well-received by the audience - especially the veterans! We're working to have a recording of this song posted here in the near future.
Cassie Holman, representing U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul, continued the ceremony by thanking the people of Pflugerville for hosting this ceremony and reading a letter from the congressman.
State Representative Mark Strama followed Ms. Holman sharing how pleased he was with being invited again to speak at this ceremony. He also recognized the veterans and spoke about our democracy for which they willingly served to protect. Rep. Strama was followed by the Pflugerville Elementary School Choir singing a special patriotic song.
Following Tweed's speech, Jim Wilkinson made some closing remarks and called upon Pastor Washburn to give a Benediction. Afterward, a moment of silence was observed. Hendrickson HS Seniors Joseph Morrow and Ryan Manders then played echo taps which brought forth strong emotions from the veterans, their families and friends. The Pflugerville Police Honor Guard then retired the colors.
The ceremony was concluded and everyone went about their day after honoring and paying their respect to the veterans in our community and nation. Our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was patriotic and spiritually uplifting! We look forward to planning our 3rd annual ceremony!
We thank you for attending this year and look forward to seeing you next year!
Click here for an 8.5 x 11 color ceremony flyer (PDF)
2012 Keynote Speaker
Mr. Tweed Scott
Very Special Thanks to:
City of Pflugerville, TX
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