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Veterans' Day Events Happening Around Texoma


Here's a look at Veterans' Day Events & Offers happening around Texoma.

Free Meals For Veterans

Applebee's Grill & Bar is offering free meals to members of the military and veterans on Wed., Nov. 11. The Applebee's in Sherman, Ardmore and Ada are participating. To claim the deal you must show proof of military service.

Bonham Veterans Welcome Congressman Ralph Hall

AUSTIN – On November 11, residents of the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham will be honored with a visit from Congressman Ralph Hall, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

“Congressman Hall served our country in a time of war, and now serves our great state in Washington,” said Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas Veterans Land Board, which oversees the Texas State Veterans Home program. “He will be warmly welcomed by residents of the home who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.”

The Veterans Day event will go from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Residents will also participate in a pinning and flag retirement ceremony along with local Boy Scout Troop 911.

Bonham’s Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home is one of seven statewide. Each home provides skilled    long-term nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitation programs, special diets, recreational activities, social services, a library, and a certified, secured Alzheimer’s unit with its own secured outdoor courtyard.

For additional information on Texas State Veterans Homes — Where Honor Lives — call 800-252-VETS (800-252-8387) or visit our Web site at

U.S. Army Corps of Enginners Waives Day-Use Fees for Veterans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members and their families at Corps recreation areas on Veterans Day, November 11.

"We began this initiative in 2006 to support and honor the men and women who have served the nation and the armed forces," said Steve Stockton, director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We encourage our veterans, active and reserve component personnel and their families to visit one of our many recreation areas and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities."

The day-use fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. This waiver covers boat launch ramp and swim beach fees. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for specialized facilities, such as picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on Corps lands are encouraged, but not required to offer the Veterans Day waiver of fees in the areas that they manage.

The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation and hosts more than 350 million visits each year at its lakes, beaches and other areas. Corps lands and waters provide approximately 4,500 miles of trails, 3,400 boat launch ramps and 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing. To discover the Corps recreation area near you, please visit this site.

Durant 2009 Veteran's Day Parade       

The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to be a part of the 2009 Veteran's Day Parade.

The parade is open to business owners, individuals, clubs, organizations and schools. The theme for this year's parade is “Together We Make a World of Difference” and is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11(rain or shine). Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

Parade marshals are two local World War II veterans, Novak Bullard and Ollie Michael.

Three parade categories include schools’ floats, clubs and organizations and other vehicles. Cash prizes will be awarded in all three categories, first-place winners $150; second-place winners $75, and third-place winners, $50.

There will be a short ceremony immediately following the parade on the Bryan County Courthouse Lawn to pay tribute to veterans. Parade entries can be found online at or the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce, 215 N. Fourth Avenue.

Grayson County Veterans' Day Event

Vintage military vehicles will travel from the Grayson County courthouse at 10 a.m. Wednesday to Veterans Field at Fairview Park. The ceremony there will begin at 11 a.m. 

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall will serve as keynote speaker of the event.

Madill: "We Will Remember: A Tribute to Veterans"

Madill Middle and High Schools will be performing this production by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing on November 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.  The play is based on a true story of a group of middle school students who became interested in exploring the lives of Veterans who had served our country.  The cast and crew wish to extend a special invitation to all those who have served or who are serving along with their families.  The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. on November 10, 2009.

State Farm Helps Say Thank You To Veterans

Want to say THANK YOU to our veterans and military this Veterans Day, but not sure how? State Farm has a simple and effective way to show your appreciation. 

From now through midnight on November 14, visit State Farms Web site,,  and write a thank you note to our armed forces. For every thank you note received, State Farm will donate $1 to the Fisher House, up to $50,000 total. Fisher House is there for military families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment at military or VA medical centers by providing free lodging at 31 locations in the United States and Europe. The recent tragedy at Fort Hood underscores the importance and need for facilities such as this.

 Here are the Fisher House locations in Texas (

 Dallas VA Medical Center

4500 S. Lancaster Rd. Bldg TT-9 Rm 110

Dallas, TX 75216

William Beaumont Army Medical


5005 N. Piedras St.

El Paso, TX 79920-5001

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical


Bldg. 36015 Fisher Ln.

Ft. Hood, TX 78254

Brooke Army Medical Center,


3623 George C. Beach Dr.

Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX 78234

Wilford Hall Medical Center

1445 Foster Ave. Bldg 3865

Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX 78236

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical


2002 Holcombe Blvd.

Houston, TX 77030