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McKinney will host a ceremony celebrating the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Speakers at the event will include U.S. Congressmen Sam Johnson and Ralph Hall, and McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. The McKinney North High School choir will perform a choral prelude, and the ceremony also includes a flyover and performance of Taps.
The Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney features a Wall of Honor inscribed with names of Collin County service members who died in the line of duty, and the park honors all veterans. The Veterans Memorial Park is located at 6053 Weiskopf Ave. in Craig Ranch. Visit http://www.mckinneytexas.org/veteransmemorial for more information.
Immediately after the ceremony, LegacyTexas Bank hosts the Lone Star Salute adjacent to the site. This event lasts until 2 p.m. and gives attendees the opportunity to visit with friends, family and veterans and tour the park. Music is provided by Kenny & the Kasuals. LegacyTexas Bank will be collecting personal care items to send as care packages to our Texas troops at the event.
The McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau named the three organizations selected to split prize money in the July 4th Red White & BOOM Hometown Parade. The parade honored Hometown Heroes and featured 60 entrants representing Veterans, scout troops, service and non-profit organizations, attractions, local businesses, and equestrian groups.
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The Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney will break ground with a ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. The $1.2 million memorial park received the final amount of funding for its Craig Ranch location when the Collin County Commissioners Court approved a $300,000 park construction grant last year. The park is anticipated to open on Veterans Day this year.
“This memorial park is extremely important to our entire community. It took a lot of people to help make it a reality, and we are all eagerly anticipating the dedication this fall,” said McKinney Interim City Manager Rick Chaffin.
The memorial is located on a half acre site in Van Tuyl Plaza at Craig Ranch. It will feature a Wall of Honor with the inscribed names of those Collin County servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom, while it honors all veterans. A lighted American flag will fly 24-hours a day over the wall. A fountain at the base of the flagpole will symbolically water Shumard Red Oak trees representing each branch of the Armed Services. A ribbon-like walkway will extend from one end to the other.
“It’s been more than five years since we first conceived the idea, and we are all focused on finishing the park in time to honor our fallen soldiers this Veterans Day,” said former Marine and McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board member Ronnie Foster. “This park will provide our community and the entire county with a place to remember those who have fought and died for our freedom, and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”