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Weather forces cancellation of Gainesville parade

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A scene from Gainesville's Medal of Honor Parade in 2018. (File/KTEN) A scene from Gainesville's Medal of Honor Parade in 2018. (File/KTEN)
Widespread rain across Texoma was forecast for Saturday, April 13, 2019. (KTEN) Widespread rain across Texoma was forecast for Saturday, April 13, 2019. (KTEN)

GAINESVILLE, Texas -- Gainesville's annual Medal of Honor Parade will not take place on Saturday morning.

"After consultation with the National Weather Service, the forecast predicts the threat of widespread severe weather during the time of the parade, including the possibility of lightning and hail," the city's Emergency Management Department said in a written statement Friday.

The parade, which is normally the highlight of the four-day Medal of Honor festivities will not be rescheduled. All remaining Medal of Honor events will take place as scheduled, the city said.

Gainesville is the only city to annually recognize recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest individual military award. 

This year, 17 Medal of Honor recipients are taking part in a series of events that started with a motorcade welcome on Wednesday. There was a tree dedication on Friday morning; a banquet is set for Friday night; and a free book-signing event Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center from 1 to 3 p.m.

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