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Salute to Armed Forces at Texas State Railroad on May 25

PALESTINE, May 17, 2013--On Saturday, May 25, the Texas State Railroad will host its 15th annual Salute to the Armed Forces event at the Palestine Depot. The event has been reinvented this year to return it to its original focus of paying tribute to all branches and all eras of U.S. military service.

It will feature military re-enactment groups from multiple wars, living history exhibits, static military displays, military support groups and equipment displays by area first responders.

The day will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 9am. A veteran’s memorial ceremony will occur at 11 a.m. There will also be a number of demonstrations occurring throughout the day. The day’s events will end with a retrieval of colors.

At 11 a.m., the Texas State Railroad will honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military with a free ride on the Piney Woods Steam Excursion! These rides are good for departures from both the Palestine and Rusk depots. 

That evening The Patriot Train will depart at 7 p.m., following a reception in the portico at 6:30. The meal for this special, patriotic-themed dinner train will be catered by Contemporary Catering of Palestine.

Entrance to the event is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.        

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Texas State Railroad Marketing Manager Janet Gregg. For additional information, click below.


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