Residents of Harker Heights and the surrounding communities are invited to attend the 10th annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremony Saturday.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Harker Heights High School, proceed along Farm-to-Market 2410 (Knight’s Way), turn right at Miller’s Crossing, and end at City Hall, 305 Miller’s Crossing.

FM 2410 from Harker Heights High School to Walgreen’s will be closed from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.

“There are normally between 40 and 60 parade entries from local business groups and organizations,” said Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator. “The parade continues to grow each year.”

The ceremony will begin at the Veterans Memorial located outside City Hall after the parade at approximately 10:30 a.m. Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., commander of the 13th Sustainment Command, and Harker Heights Mayor Rob Robinson will give remarks.

This ceremony also includes a traditional wreath-laying. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside.

The parade will still take place, unless it is unsafe to be outside, Broemer said.

“It is important for the community to come out to honor and support veterans past, present and future,” said Broemer, adding that the city became the first city in Bell County — and the fourth in the state — to bear the Purple Heart City designation in January.

The Memorial Day parade and ceremony are co-sponsored by the city of Harker Heights and the Harker Heights Veterans’ Council, made up of representatives from local veterans’ organizations.

Other City of Harker Heights Memorial Day events include a memorial 5k run/walk at 8 a.m. at the Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. FM 2410.

Day of the race registration is $25 and can be paid in cash/check only.

The Carl Levin Outdoor pool kicks off its season at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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