Gather with local, county and state elected officials along with veterans, active military personnel and their families and friends as the McKinney community honors its fallen heroes. Speakers include Congressmen Ralph Hall and Sam Johnson as well as businessman Ross Perot who will pay tribute to U.S. POWs. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and all guests are invited to bring lawn chairs. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. at Pecan Grove Historic Cemetery, 1701 S. McDonald St.
Ready to swim?
Memorial Day marks the first day of summer for most McKinney families and the City of McKinney is celebrating by opening the pools within the city. The Old Settlers Aquatic Center features a shallow water leisure pool complete with an open flume slide, cascading water fall and more. The Juanita Maxfield pool at North Park has family swim, swim lessons and floating amenities. View hours for Old Settlers Aquatic Center and Juanita Maxfield pool at North Park online.
Private party pool rentals and party pavilion rentals are available for both outdoor aquatic centers. Call 972-547-7374 for details and pricing.
Pool admission can be purchased for daily visits, 15-visit passes, 30-visit passes or year-long unlimited passes. Contact 972-547-7497 for more information. Visit mckinneytexas.org/learntoswim for information about swim lessons and other pool activities.
TxDOT has closed the U.S. 75 northbound frontage road between the McKinney Community Center and the Cinemark Movies 14 movie theater, generally from Valley Creek Trail to Parkview Ave.
The connection between Valley Creek Trail and Parkview Ave. is expected to closed this week. Once that happens traffic from Valley Creek Trail will be unable to reach McKinney High School. In addition, Parkview Ave. under U.S. 75 will be closed from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of the 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. window Parkview Ave. will be open to thru east/west traffic, and to the southbound frontage road. Valley Creek Trail will remain open to the McKinney Community Center and southbound frontage road traffic.
The northbound on ramp to U.S. 75 north of Eldorado (near Discount Tire) will relocate further north. The northbound Virginia Pkwy./Louisiana St. exit will be temporarily relocated further south, closer to the Cinemark Movies 14 movie theater.
Expect delays, and are encouraged to use an alternate route. Click here for detour map.
Rockhill Rd. temporarily opened at the Northbound Frontage Road – TxDOT reopened both directions of Rockhill Rd. at the northbound frontage road while the northbound frontage road is closed.
Stay updated on the latest construction projects in McKinney by visiting mckinneytexas.org/construction.
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By KIDD KRADDICK
If you were new to America and you went by what you see and hear on TV and radio, you might be convinced that Memorial Day is the one weekend a year to save big money on cars and electronics. You almost never hear the words Memorial Day anymore unless they’re followed by the word “sale.” People always complain that we’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas or Easter.
I think the attention we give Memorial Day is the holiday we should be most embarrassed about. Unlike Christmas or Easter, remembering our fallen soldiers doesn’t require that you be Christian or Jew or Muslim. Just American. Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, pro-war, anti-war. We should all come together on this day…not the whole weekend. … just Monday, and remember what the holiday means and how we’re supposed to observe it.
When America was trying to recover from the Civil War, nearly every family in this country felt the direct loss. Imagine a country one fourth the size it is now and then imagine nearly 700 THOUSAND casualties. On those first few Memorial days, I’m pretty sure they didn’t celebrate with hot dogs and three day weekends and a sale on video games.
In the last seven years, Memorial Day has meant something for the first time to hundreds of families. Families who’ve been through the scope of emotions that started with pride of service, fear of loss, and finally numbing grief that the person they love is gone forever. Ask the families and they usually won’t use the word hero. Instead they’ll use words like “friend”, “brother”, “son”, “confidant”, “full-of-life”, “passionate”, and sincere.
Just my opinion, but Monday is not the day to debate the war in Iraq. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to say our soldiers died in a meaningless war. It’s equally offensive to defend the cause. On this day it is. We’ve got 364 other days for that.
Memorial Day to me isn’t about war or all the feelings that go along with it. It’s about individuals who chose to serve in the United States Military, they chose to follow orders and they made the ultimate sacrifice.Chances are there is a veterans’ cemetery within a few miles of you. You’ll find many soldiers buried there who returned from the war and lived full, productive lives. But you’ll no doubt find a bunch of headstones that tell the story of an abbreviated life. Each of those markers represents the crushed dream of a wife, a parent, a brother.
And I hope we will remember that on Monday, in between hanging out with family and firing up the grill and hanging out with friends. …I truly hope that Monday, if even for a fleeting moment, you will hit the pause button and realize that this is not just a day off from work or school. Our fallen heroes chose to put their lives on the line for many reasons, but I’m pretty certain that giving us a day-off is not one of them.
I sometimes regret that I did not have the privilege to serve my country. As much as I whine and complain about how imperfect America is (an inalienable right to do so in America, by the way), I wish that I had given a couple years of my life to demonstrate to others and myself that what we have here is more than worth defending. And for those who did–and paid the price–they will forever have my unwavering respect and admiration.
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Cleaning up cemeteries is a Southern tradition. One of the biggest is at Pecan Grove in McKinney.
Here’s a few other McKinney area decorating days that have been announced so far:
The Coffman Cemetery decoration day will be Sunday, May 2 with a business meeting at 2 p.m.
The Ross Cemetery board of directors will be cleaning up at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1.
“We are asking that the community come out and help clean up your loved one’s final resting place. We are asking that anyone that has hoes, weed-eaters or lawn mowers to please bring one with you,” Flo Henry said. Contact 214-726-2227.
The cemetery is situated behind Pecan Grove Cemetery. Turn east onto Old Mill Road off of Hwy. 5 (the road just to the south of Pecan Grove Cemetery. Ross Cemetery is about a half mile and on the north side of the road.
The Chambersville Cemetery Association business meeting will be at the cemetery the weekend of May 1-2. Donations will be accepted for upkeep. Checks for the cemetery can be sent to treasurer Charles Nixon at 1500 Wysong in McKinney 75069.
Jean Jernigan said that “Cemetery Decoration Day” is a Southern tradition that’s a time to bring flowers to honor the departed.
The land for the Chambersville Cemetery was deeded to the community as a school and public burying ground by Elisha and Margaret Ann Chambers after the burial of the son Lewis Cass Chambers in 1853.
When the school moved across the road in 1930, the school grounds were added to the cemetery. More than 1,000 graves (237 unknown) are in the cemetery.
New officers will be elected at the 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1 business meeting in the community center building.