By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

The city of Harker Heights will present its third annual Stars & Stripes Festival on May 27-28, which will feature a Memorial ceremony, parade, 5-kilometer runs, live music and a variety of other attractions.

Historical displays will be on hand from May 23 to June 3 at Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail. Events kick off May 27 with a free music concert at the event center, 710 Edwards Drive.

The Full Battle Rattle Band performs at 7 p.m. followed by band 7 Years Today at 8:45.

On Saturday, activities begin at 6 a.m. when registration begins for the MDA Memorial Day 5K Run at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing. The run begins at 7 a.m., also at the park. Awards will be presented to a male and female in each age division.

At 9 a.m., the parade will get under way from Harker Heights High School bound for City Hall on FM 2410.

Nichole Broemer, recreation and events coordinator for Parks and Recreation, said about a dozen entries had signed up by Wednesday with more anticipated.

In the past, the parade has had up to 40 entries, she said.

A meeting is planned for 6 p.m. today at the recreation center. Anyone interested in registering for the parade is welcome to fill out a form there at that time.

This year's parade marshal is Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey.

One of the annual entries, the Fort Hood Marching Band, won't be participating due to being deployed, Broemer said.

During the parade, travelers in the area should expect road closures, Broemer said.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Mid-Texas Corvette Club Open Car Show will roll into action at the Harker Heights Community Center, 1501 E. FM 2410.

On-site registration is from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by judging from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and awards at 3.

The memorial ceremony, featuring U.S. Rep. John R. Carter and Gainey, will start at 10:30 at the Harker Heights Veterans Monument, 305 Miller's Crossing.

In the event of rain, the event will take place at the recreation center nearby.

The ceremony is sponsored by the local Veterans Council and will feature remarks from the mayor and other VIPs who will address the significance of Memorial Day. A wreath will be placed on the veterans' monument between City Hall and the recreation center.

There also will be a gun salute and the playing of TAPS.

From noon to 9 p.m., an adult men's softball tournament will take place at the Harker Heights Community Park, 1501 E. FM 2410.

Also starting at noon and wrapping up at 5 p.m. will be a variety of attractions and activities will be offered at park, including inflatables, rides, games, music, and food and craft vendors.

From 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a catch tank for kids to fish at the park as well.

The outdoor pool will be opened from 1:30 to 7 p.m. that Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing. It will reopen for the season June 4, Broemer said.

The 13th annual Pat Patton MDA Fish Fry will take place at the park as well, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration forms for activities are provided on the city's website at Look for the Stars & Stripes logo.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7557.

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