There is a Veterans Fair scheduled for this weekend in Grapevine hosted by Rep. Kenny Marchant to share with veterans information about the programs and services available to assist them. It will also include a number of special features and activities.
|The City of Grapevine and over 20 national, state, and local organizations dedicated to assisting veterans and their families are slated to help. They include:|
|In addition to free lunch for veterans and a military vehicle show, the special features and activities at this year’s Veterans Fair will include:|
|Live Music: DFW Brass will perform patriotic music and there will also be a special performance by veterans of Guitars for Heroes, a music therapy program through the Recreation Therapy Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System. This program has helped many North Texas veterans find solidarity and restoration.
Presentation of Overdue Military Decorations to North Texas Veteran: It will be an honor to present overdue military decorations to Lonny Watson, a Vietnam Veteran of Grapevine who earned numerous awards for his service but has never received the medals.
Art Exhibition from The American Fallen Soldiers Project: Established in 2006 by local artist Phil Taylor, the American Fallen Soldiers Project paints memorial portraits of U.S. service members and delivers the artwork to their families at no cost. The Veterans Fair will feature a selection of these portraits.
The “Wall of Honor”: The “Wall of Honor” program was created by Rep. Marchant in 2011 to document veterans of Texas’ 24th Congressional District and bring greater recognition to those who never received special acknowledgment for their service. At last year’s Veterans Fair, we added hundreds of new names to the Wall, and it now features over 450 North Texas veterans. The Wall of Honor will be on site again this year so that additional veterans can add their names.
The Veterans Fair will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liberty Park located at 215 S. Main Street in Grapevine.