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Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day 2005

Saturday, November 12, 2005



Honorable Russell Thomas, Mayor of Ennis

Presentation of Colors

Boy Scout Troop 233

Pledge of Allegiance

Boy Scout Troop 233

National Anthem

Brandon Keaton

Flag Presentation to Honor Past and Present Veterans

Company A, 536th Signal Battalion--Texas Army National Guard

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee"

So Noted--men's a cappella singing group--College Street Church of Christ

Military Moms of Ellis County

Kellie Law

"America the Beautiful"

So Noted

Student Essay Contest Winners

Stephen Menton--Ennis High School

Calvin Berning--Ennis High School

"Salute to the Armed Forces"

Veterans of the different branches of service are asked to stand and be recognized as their song is played.

"Fly Me to the Moon"

Classic Swing Band

"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

So Noted

Special Recognition of Veterans Present

If you are a member of these groups, please stand and be recognized. If you cannot stand, please raise your hand.

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save"

So Noted

"Sentimental Journey"

Classic Swing Band

Prayer of Thanksgiving

David Wyrtsen--Midlothian Bible Church

"God of Our Fathers"

So Noted

Remembering the Price of Freedom

Marion R. Mitchell--Avalon

Will Armon Yates--Waxahachie

John W. Crow--Pluto and Waxahachie

Jack Lummus--Ennis

Volunteers reading for us today are:

Rafael Cherry

James Hamaker

Ryan McLemore

Pat Boze

Chad Colston

Wreath Laying Ceremony

Mrs. Zita Crow Wright--Austin

"When the Battle's Over" and "Amazing Grace"

Piper Scott Geiger--Woodway, Texas

"Mansions of the Lord"

So Noted


Ron Ansell, Mayor Pro Tem of Waxahachie

Gun Salute

Lone Star Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America


Sgt. Robert Bernard, D.P.S.

Arrowhead Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Club

Immediately following today's program, the Chapter's military vehicles will be on display around the Courthouse Square. The Club will also have a World War II reenactment battle at the Rogers Street Bridge and the old train depots. The battle is set to get underway at 2:30 this afternoon, just south of City Hall. Everyone is invited to watch the reenactment. 

Organizational committee for the 2005 Veterans Appreciation Day

Perry Giles, David Hudgins, Tom Montgomery, Priscilla Parker, Stan Parker, Alex Wensowitch and Neal White

Special Thanks to:

A special thank you to the Waxahachie Daily Light and Neal White for their participation in the publicity for the Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony.

This event takes place through the generosity of the Waxahachie Civic Center and the efforts made by Lou Bryant. Thank you!

The organizational committee would like to recognize Jerry and Cindy Camp and Buffalo Creek Theatre for their continued generosity.

Once again, Gingerbread Press has donated and printed today's program.

The committee would like to thank Dry Clean Super Center for their continued efforts to maintain and preserve our flags used in today's ceremony. Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Fayiga.

A special thank you to City Florist for their continued efforts to make Veterans Day special for our veterans by providing today's wreath and flowers.

The parade flags representing the five branches of service have been generously given by the following: Air Force--Stan, Priscilla, Jenny and Kate Parker; Army--Wayne Boze Funeral Home; Coast Guard--Vintage Bank; Marines--Ken Box and Navy--Jack and Janet Scott in memory of their fathers, L. W. Scott and Billy Wood

A special welcome and thank you for a group of volunteers that will perform our gun salute. The Lone Star Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Participating in today's ceremony are: Jerry Voorheese, E-4, US Navy 1965-1969; Ted Smith, Staff Sergeant, US Army 1980-1992; Michael M. Bruscino, Enlisted August 1967; Jack Richards, USMC 1958-1964; John Powell, Vietnam Era 1968-1969; John Fay, US Army 1978-1981; Jack Hasemyager; Glenn Bentley and Jackie Childress


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