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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 4:30 am

The annual Central Texas Community Veterans Day parade will wind through downtown Killeen on Monday.

Guadalupe Lopez, a parade organizer, said the parade is like a “rallying point” for veterans.

“The parade is important because it’s sort of a rallying point for all the veterans to celebrate what we have done for this country,” he said. “The community really gets behind the veterans, too, and shows their thanks.”

The parade is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of West Avenue D and North College Street. It will proceed down West Avenue D and go north on North Second Street, right on West Avenue B then north on North Eighth Street proceeding west on West Sprott Avenue, then south on North Gray Street. The parade will continue west of East Avenue A ending at North College Street.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Charles E. Green Sr. is serving as the parade’s grand marshal.

“Veterans Day is a great time to get together and enjoy what we have,” Lopez said. “It’s something our community celebrates every year with big celebrations. It gets everyone together to honor all the things veterans have done for this country.”

Lopez said the parade has grown each year, and this year should be no exception.

Copperas Cove

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 and the Ladies Auxiliary invite everyone to participate in the Veterans Day Parade on Monday in Copperas Cove.

The theme is “Land of the Free Because of the Families Who Supported the Brave.”

Lineup begins at 8 a.m. at the post (1506 Veterans Ave.), and the parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

A trophy presentation follows the parade, and the public is invited to dine on pinto beans, cornbread and dessert at no charge.

Call Mike Tingley at 254-290-6343.

Bell County Museum

The Bell County Museum will honor veterans from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served during the free program.

Speakers from World War II will be J.C. Alston, who was present at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and Arnold Cook, who flew a C-47 over Normandy and dropped off members of the 87nd Airborne Division on June 6, 1944. Jim Ervi, who served in Korea, will talk about his experiences. John Pratt served in the Vietnam War and will present a short program about his service. Lt. Col. Michael Jackson will speak about his service in the Afghan and Iraq wars, and the final speaker will be Lt. Col. Renita Menyhert, who will talk about the Cold War.

“We are really looking forward to listening to the stories these veterans will tell,” said Stephanie Turnham, museum director. “Service to this great country in which we live is the highest calling, and we are proud of all of our veterans, both past and present.”

The museum is at 201 N. Main in Belton. Call 254-933-5243.

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