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Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for Nov. 11

TYLER, October 20, 2013-- Join the City of Tyler, the Mayor’s Veteran and Community Roundtable and First Baptist Church of Tyler in honoring our nation's heroes at the Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for 11 a.m., Nov. 11, in downtown Tyler.

The festivities will kick-off with a prayer service in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, located at 301 W. Ferguson St., followed by a freedom walk to the TB Butler Fountain Plaza where a traditional military ceremony will commence at noon. Those unable to walk will be shuttled to the plaza.

Highlights of the Veterans Day Celebration will include an address by Major General (ret.) John Furlow and Mayor Barbara Bass, along with a band playing favorites from the '40's and a Community Choir singing "God Bless America”.

“These Veterans are men and women we see and interact with every day, and at times, we can overlook the risks they took to protect our freedom,” said Mayor Bass. “This celebration will be a time where all East Texas citizens can pause and let Veterans know how much we appreciate them.”

In addition, Veterans, members of the National Guard or Reserves, military family members or their supporters are invited to submit visual artwork with a Patriotic theme for an inaugural Veteran-inspired art show to be held downtown. Participants do not need to be professional artists. For more information, please contact Gretchen Martens at Gretchen@TheVeteranLady.com or Lynne Spivey at LynneSpivey@sbcglobal.net.

Smith County is home to nearly 18,000 veterans as well as a Super Armory and the Texas Veterans Home that opened in November 2011. The economic impact of Veterans to the Smith County economy is estimated to be $60.8 million annually.

The Mayor’s Veteran and Community Roundtable was established in May 2011 to develop and implement a Community Blueprint for supporting and enhancing Veterans services in Tyler. The focus of the Roundtable is on employment, education, housing, medical care and mental health.

“Since the creation of the Veterans Roundtable, significant progress has been made toward enhancing the relationship between Veterans, their families and the Tyler community,” said Mayor Bass. “The members of the Roundtable have worked tirelessly to ensure Tyler’s Veterans have the resources they need available to them.”

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