On Saturday, November 7, 2015, officials and dignitaries will commemorate those who have served our country at the Veterans Day Tribute. The ceremony will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11 AM. In addition, a sundown ceremony will be held on November 11, 2015 at Veteran’s Memorial Park to honor those who have been lost serving the country.

Veteran’s Day Tribute

The Veteran’s Day Tribute scheduled for November 7 will include a “missing man” formation flyover as well as patriotic song performances by the McKinney North High School Choir. Guest speakers will include United States Congressman Sam Johnson, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and retired Major John “Lucky” Luckadoo of the United States Army Air Forces and the United States Air Force. Representative Johnson is a decorated war hero who served 29 years in the United States Air Force. He flew combat missions in both Korea and Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, Representative Johnson endured almost seven years as a prisoner in Hanoi, 42 months of which were in solitary confinement. Major Luckadoo was one of the original pilots in the 100th Bomb Group, known as the Bloody Hundredth, in World War II. He earned his nickname, “Lucky,” after surviving a Nazi attack that shot down 12 of the 18 planes that left on the mission. The fuselage of his plane had so many bullet holes, he developed frostbite from the freezing air as he struggled to return to England with the five other planes that survive the attack.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

The Veteran’s Day Ceremony promises to be a solemn occasion as those lost in battle are remembered. During the ceremony, names displayed on the Wall of Honor in Veterans Memorial Park will be read. The Wall of Honor lists the names of all Collin County residents who died in the line of duty and the park honors all veterans. At 5:26 PM, an assembly bugle call will sound and the entire ceremony should last 45 minutes.

Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney is located in Van Tuyl Plaza at Craig Ranch. In addition to the Wall of Honor, there is a lighted American flag flying 24 hours each day over the wall and a fountain at the base of the flagpole symbolically waters the Shumard Red Oak trees. Each of the trees represents a branch of the Armed Services. There is also a ribbon-like walkway that extends from one end of the park to the other. The park was dedicated on Veteran’s Day 2011.

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