November is a month when we begin to think about the holidays. The weather is getting cooler and we’re deep into football season. We are naturally thinking towards Thanksgiving and family. However, there’s a special day before Thanksgiving that I am hoping will get some extra attention this year in Frisco. November 11th is Veterans Day.
This year, November 11th, falls on the day of our Frisco Community Parade. We are proud to announce the theme is “Frisco Honors Veterans”. As far back as everyone can remember, this will be the first parade theme to recognize our veterans. Thank you to the parade committee and everyone involved for making this a priority. Talking with the Frisco Veteran Advisory Committee, one of their major goals is to educate Frisco’s children about our veterans and what they represent to our nation’s history. The FVAC members are quick to say they don’t want to recruit youth into the military but want them to have an appreciation for the willing sacrifice of individuals so they can live in a free country. The parade will involve hundreds of children from all our Frisco schools and for FVAC, this parade is a big step in the right direction of achieving the goal of teaching our children.
Also on November 11th, we will be awarding our first ever Frisco Distinguished Veteran Award. Working with FVAC, we decided it was important as a city to recognize one outstanding veteran annually who served honorably in the military and who continues to serve their community today. This person will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, receive a proclamation from the city, the title of Frisco Distinguished Veteran 2017, a lapel pin and a challenge coin. Thank you Home Depot for becoming our corporate sponsor. Home Depot is donating a $500 gift card to the awardee. We want this to be a high honor recognized by all. On November 11th, bring your children or grandchildren to the parade and thank our veterans.
Let me introduce you to our amazing Frisco Veteran Advisory Committee. They are a team of veterans who serve Frisco on the Mayor’s Ad Hoc committee and are the drivers behind all the initiatives. Fred Rogers (Air Force) serves as Chairman alongside Charles Graffam (Army), Col. JP Hogan (Army), Larry Marshall (Air Force), Skip Middleton (Air Force), Lee Myrben (Navy), Kenneth Nelson (Marines), Juanita Posey (Air Force), Kelly Posey (Air Force), Jacob Schick (Marines), Don Walters (Air Force), Marie Walters (Air Force) and Chuck Wright (Marines). Thank you for your passion and leadership!