Audie Murphy Days to honor, remember nation's military heroes
By Carol Ferguson | The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas | Published: May 5, 2014
GREENVILLE, Texas — To honor and remember our nation’s military heroes, Audie Murphy Days’ Salute to the Military will kick off May 16.
The annual two-day event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Audie Murphy/ American Cotton Museum to celebrate Audie Leon Murphy, the most decorated combat soldier of World War II, as well as military veterans and those currently serving our country.
Audie Murphy Days’ Salute to the Military, May 16 and 17, centers on the personal stories of active and retired soldiers, as well as Audie Murphy who was a native son of Hunt County, war hero, Hollywood film star and accomplished songwriter.
This year’s events will consist of a variety of speakers, displays and entertainment.
Noted speakers include retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth McCormick who was a Black Hawk helicopter pilot; Hunt County’s own retired Air Force CMSgt. Thomas Petersen who flew more than 250 combat support sorties with over 5,000 flying hours; and Ollie Ledbetter, a boyhood friend of Audie Murphy.
Saturday morning will include a demonstration/program by Patriot PAWS, a non-profit organization which trains and provides service dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
Also on the schedule is entertainment by the Heritage Brass Band, a reenactment band based in Dallas. Dressed in authentic uniforms, the band will play predominantly WWII music with a little swing thrown in, patriotic medleys and marches.
The music will also include a George M. Cohen medley, “Battle of the Green Beret” and the “Colonel Bogey March.” The Heritage Brass Band has performed for dances, ceremonies, reenactments, living histories, funerals, parades and movie premiers all over Texas.
Friday’s events will be held at the Civic Center at 5501 Highway 69 South in Greenville beginning at 9 a.m., and will close the evening with Audie Bingo and a performance by RD Foster and Mike “Six Strings” Sanchez. RD and Mike are both nationally recognized songwriters and have been performing together for more than 15 years. They sing a blend of country and western, rock n’ roll, blues and folk music.
This Friday evening concert which includes dinner is one of the few events that is not free. Tickets are now on sale at $12 for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years old.
Saturday’s events will begin at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, and in the afternoon will move to the museum located at 600 I-30 East in Greenville.
A regular admission charge of $6 adults, $4 seniors and $2 students will apply to enter the museum. Re-admittance for the weekend into the museum will be free.
These are just some of the activities taking place. For additional information, contact the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at 903-450-4502, or visit the website at www.amacmuseum.com.