|Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade
2023 Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade
Parade Grand Marshal
Col Ken Cordier, Air Force - POW 6+ years
Lt Gen John Campbell, Air Force
COL Ron Forest, Army
Lt Col Jerry Singleton, Air Force - POW 7+ years
Master of Ceremony
Mr Scott Murray, Legacy Air Force
Oath of Enlistment
At 10:50 a.m., more than 150 young men and women representing all services will take their Oath of Enlistment in front of City Hall.
Eleventh Hour Ceremonies
Commencing at 11:00 a.m. November 9th at City Hall Plaza, the 11th Hour Ceremony will include: a symbolic wreath laying ceremony accompanied by Taps, a Missing Man Formation military fly over and patriotic comments from local civic and military leaders. Following the ceremonies, the colorful Massing of the Colors will be performed by area High School JROTC cadets. The parade starts at Houston and Young streets, continues up Main Street, across Ervay Street and passes in review in front of City Hall.
This year's theme is "Proud to be American". In the United States of America, we enjoy certain freedoms and liberties which have been earned and defended many times.
Our freedoms were written and voted on in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
The Declaration of Independence declares that we are a nation where all men and women are created equal and are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The Constitution of the United States contains seven articles, including 27 amendments and the Bill of Rights. It describes how the new states operate and establishes the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government. The Bill of Rights contains the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution and establishes the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.
The democracy we live in today is due to these instruments. Our men and women in uniform, with support from home at times, have defended our freedom many times in our country's almost 250 years of existence.
Our men and women in uniform are ready to serve and protect freedom in the nation we live in and us. Let's recognize and honor them on Veterans Day and every day."
The Veterans Day Story... At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of WWI fell silent and "Armistice Day" was born. Eight years later a Presidential Proclamation invited people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies. With the passage of time it was changed to "Veterans Day". The national focal point for the official Veterans Day observance is at the Tomb of the Unknowns where the Presidential wreath is placed.
Click on PARADE PROGRAMS to see Programs that describe past Veterans Day Parades in Dallas.