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Denison Main Street Plans Special Recognition For Veterans

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DENISON, TX -- The Eisenhower birthday celebration is coming up in October, and Denison Main Street is planning special recognition for local  veterans.

Eisenhower's annual celebration is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year Denison is doing a little extra to say thank you to the area veterans.

If pictures could talk...Oh the stories they would tell.

These pictures in particular, photographs of veterans that have served our country.

"We want to pay tribute to our veterans, and that's what we're doing," said Donna Dow, director of Denison Main Street. "It's no benefit that we gain from it other than just honoring them and what they've done to serve our country."

For this year's Eisenhower birthday celebration, Denison Main Street is displaying photos and stories of area veterans.

The two veteran faces of Jim Farris and Dave Williams have both seen service...twice.

Farris and Williams flew in the Army Air Corp in World War II. And later with the Air Force in Korea.

And they still continue to serve, regaling visitors of their service as volunteers at Perrin Air Force Base Museum.

"I think it is very important," said Williams. "I don't think the people around the area really understand it until it is brought out to them and explained to 'em."

"I think its just an inherent part in this whole area of history" said Farris. "I think it's a very important part of the public knowledge about veterans in this community because we've been here so long."

But, like everything else, they won't stay forever.

But there is a way they can. Through the faces in these pictures, and the stories they can tell.

In addition to the photographs and stories, which Main Street plans to display in the Katy Depot next to the Red River Railroad Museum, they also plan to dedicate bricks at the Eisenhower monument.

They will also dedicate a bench commemorating Purple Heart veterans.

If you're a veteran and want to send a picture of yourself for commemoration in the celebration or would like more information, you can call Donna Dow at (903) 464-4452. Or send in your info via email by sending it to ddow@cityofdenison.com

Denison Main Street asks to send in 8x10 photographs in your service uniform. They would also like you to include your name, contact information, your branch of service,  when and where you served.