Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 6, 2013

31st Annual Veterans Day program ’round the corner


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER



It’s November and that means, before you tear into a turkey at the end of the month, it’s time to give thanks and respect to the many veterans who have sacrificed so much for this nation and freedom on Veterans Day.

This year’s 31st Annual Veterans Day program, co-sponsored by the American Legion Family and Mineral Wells ISD, will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at Ram Stadium.

The ceremony will begin with a band prelude at 10:30 a.m. and the program stars promptly at 11 a.m. The Honorable Judge Jerry Ray will emcee the event and Col. Bryan Ellis will be on hand as the guest speaker.

A graduate of Mineral Wells High School in 1975, Ellis committed 28 years of service in the United States Army. He trained and participated in numerous operations throughout the Middle East, Europe (including the former Soviet Union), Central America and the Pacific. In 2004-05,

he commanded a 3,800-soldier Airborne Brigade Task Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has participated in multiple other campaigns and held various high positions until his retirement.

Ellis also has a many personal decorations for his service, including multiple awards of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal – which is the Army’s highest peacetime decoration – to name a few. He is also a U.S. Army Ranger and has participated in more than 100 tactical parachute jumps.

He currently lives in Kingsland, Texas, with his wife and works as a defense consultant with the Army.

American Legion Auxiliary State Finance Chair Lynda Horton-Turk said the Eagle Flight Museum will also have a fly over with a Vintage T-6 aircraft. She added that after the event, the American Legion Farris Anderson Post 75 will provide a free lunch for all those who attended at the local post, located at 75 American Legion Dr., just west of West City Park.

According to the American Legion, the program exists to “teach the children of our community patriotism, Americanism and service to our country.”

“We would like to thank the veterans of our community for their service to our country,” the organization stated in a press release. “Though you may no longer wear the uniform, we know you’re always on call to serve and protect the freedom and security of the United States of America.”