Several activities are scheduled this week to honor current and former members of the military, and not all of them will be on Veterans Day itself, Nov. 11.
The annual Veterans Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Brownwood Coliseum, with lineup at 9:30. The theme for this year’s parade is “Citizen Soldiers.” All entries are welcome in the parade that will make its way through downtown and end at the Brownwood Depot and Cultural Center. Groups and individuals interested in participating can call Billy Murphey, Brown County veterans service officer, at 646-0335.
More than 20 World War II veterans will be honored during two separate ceremonies at the Depot. At 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, those veterans will be presented with World War II Commemorative Medals. The ceremony will be hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3278 and Ladies Auxiliary and the Excalibur Chapter of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association.
The Brownwood Elks Lodge will host a dinner for veterans beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the lodge, located at 1070 W. Commerce. Veterans will eat free, while guests will pay $5. A program will be presented by The Young Marines.
Various schools in the area will also host Veterans Day programs Wednesday.
To honor the 234th Marine Corps birthday, the Pecan Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League will host a celebration Tuesday at the Brownwood Country Club. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. Those interested in attending should call Carrie Rodman at (325) 232-0551.