By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
Harker Heights will observe Memorial Day with activities from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
"This is something small that the city can do to provide a thank you for them (fallen soldiers) and keep them in our thoughts and honor them," said Nichole Broemer, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation event coordinator. "We are honoring all individuals past and present who have served in the Armed Forces."
A ceremonial parade along Knight's Way will take place from Harker Heights High School to City Hall at 305 Miller's Crossing.
More than 20 organizations have registered to participate in the parade, Broemer said. They include the 1st Cavalry Band and the 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment from Fort Hood, the Harker Heights Police and Fire departments, many veterans organizations and the Sneed Riding Club of Killeen.
A Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall will take place after the parade with the traditional wreath-laying to honor service members who died in combat. The ceremony will feature several keynote speakers, including Lt. Gen. (promotable) Raymond T. Odierno, III Corps and Fort Hood commander; U.S. Rep. John Carter; state Rep. Dianne White Delisi; and Harker Heights Mayor Ed Mullen.
After the ceremony, several family activities are planned in Carl Levin Park. Families can enjoy inflatable jumpers, train rides, a climbing wall, the opening of the swimming pool and various food vendors.
"This Memorial Day ceremony provides an excellent opportunity for families to pay tribute to the services and sacrifices of our veterans," said Jerry Bark, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation director.
This is the third year for the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Harker Heights, Broemer said.
"Last year, it was raining and there were people out watching the parade," Broemer said. "With the bad weather, we still had a good turnout."
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the recreation center's gymnasium.
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