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Salute to Armed Forces event features Patriot Train, AVTT Traveling Wall, Cost of Freedom Tribute

PALESTINE, May 16, 2014-- The Texas State Railroad’s 16th annual Salute to the Armed Forces event, scheduled for May 23, 24 & 25 of Memorial Day weekend, has seen a 22-percent increase in participation this year.

“We expected that,” said Janet Gregg, event organizer. “Based on anecdotal evidence from others who have hosted The Wall, we knew participation and attendance at our event would increase this year.”

Participants include veterans groups, military re-enactment groups and living history exhibitors, plus static military displays, booths by military support groups, displays by first responders, paid vendor booths, a food vendor, a children’s activity area and more.

Groups will represent the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Delta Company 3-144 Infantry Regiment of the Texas Army National Guard will represent those currently serving our country.   

The Patriot Train will run three times each day, at 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., to the Jarvis Wye and back. The ride is roughly an hour in length. All current and former military with ID will be able to ride the train for free.

Each day will begin at 9:00 a.m., with a flag raising ceremony including an honor guard, prayer and speaker. Each day will end at 5pm with a lowering of the colors.

On Saturday, the East Texas Acapella Ensemble will perform mostly patriotic music at 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., in the big tent. 

The AVTT Traveling Wall will arrive on Wednesday, May 21. At 3:00 p.m., The Patriot Guard and other groups will escort The Wall on its five mile route from the Palestine Mall parking lot to the Texas State Railroad Palestine Depot. Setup for The Wall will begin at 8:00 a.m., on Thursday. Once it is set up it will be available for viewing 24/7 at the Palestine Depot until take-down begins at 8am on Monday, May 26.

For more information, call 903-683-3451 or go to www.TexasStateRR.com .

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