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Oct. 8, 2020

Vets Day Event Planners March On


FORT WORTH – “The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has certainly impacted this year’s Veterans Day parade plans,” states Ken Cox, committee chairman with the Tarrant County Veterans Council, “but we’re still marching forward and adjusting our steps as we go.”


The TCVC parade planning group met recently to assess the situation. “We’re continuing our efforts to celebrate Veterans Day,” Cox notes, “but we feel it’s important to provide an update on what we intend to do.”


The 101st Veterans Day observance in Fort Worth can now be dubbed “drive-by patriotism.” Instead of bands and marching units, plans call for a “memorial motorcade” to assemble on Panther Island by 10 a.m., then roll through downtown.


Coordination with Tarrant County and City of Fort Worth officials continues for the Wed., November 11 observance, beginning at 11 a.m. with a military fly-over. The event was recently designated an official regional site by the Veterans Administration. It will also honor the Disabled American Veterans organization which is marking its centennial.


“We’re cognizant of the challenges our community faces dealing with the contagion,” Cox said. “We share everyone’s concern for public safety. Be assured we’re working closely with the city and county to ensure all health and safety protocols are met. In the end, the final decision is the city’s and the TCVC will certainly respect that.


“We also realize the city has a responsibility to make such a decision at least 30 days before our November event, but the TCVC is continuing to plan. We feel it’s critically necessary, if we’re to organize a quality salute honoring all North Texas veterans.”


Updates about the Council’s efforts are being sent to area veterans’ service organizations, Tarrant County officials and business leaders. Also, the parade website (https://www.fw2020vetsdayparade.org/) will publish advisories. The TCVC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tarrantcountyveteranscouncil/) will also post updates.


“If an individual or organization would like to donate in support of this effort, that would be greatly appreciated,” Cox adds. The TCVC plans to continue its Give 100 campaign this year as part of its fundraising efforts.


Supporters are encouraged to visit the TCVC Give 100 page on its website at https://www.fw2020vetsdayparade.org/give-100-campaign for more information.


“We thank everyone for their support of our Nation’s veterans and our recognition efforts,” Cox concludes. “Please continue helping us by sharing the word about our planned motorcade. It’s all part of our salute to the national 2020 Veterans Day theme and vision of Veterans in Focus.”

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