The public is invited to attend Sunset at Memorial Park on Memorial Day, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony in coordination with the City of Plano, is organized by the Blue Star Mothers Lone Star Chapter 6, the American Legion Harding-Blaine Post 321, the Casey Joyce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4380 and patriotic citizens. Memorial Park is located at Custer Road and Bay Hill Road, south of Spring Creek Parkway.
The ceremony honors the Nation’s military who paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives, with a special reading of the names of the Plano fallen from WWI forward. They gave their lives so we may all continue to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
The 45-minute event begins with the arrival of patriotic motorcycle riders who then stand as flag bearers surrounding the park. 42 U.S. flags each representing a hero from Plano who have fallen and one for the MIA’s that have yet to be accounted for.
A bagpiper and drummer will play prior to a reading of the names.
All five branches of the military will perform a moving flag ceremony. The Plano Civic Chorus will perform.
Plano Fire Department Lieutenant William Ripley will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The guest speaker is Retired USMC First Sargent Michael Arnold. Stephen Blackburn will receive an honorary folded flag on behalf of his brother-in-law, Air Force Second Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer.