HERSHEL “WOODY” WOODY WILLIAMS, MOH 1945
IN CORSICANA MAY 14-15, 2021
Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Hero of Iwo Jima and 1945 Medal of Honor recipient, will be in
Corsicana, Texas May 14 and May 15, 2021. “An Evening with Woody Williams” takes place at the
Palace Theater May 14, 2021. He will discuss his 33 days of fighting on Iwo Jima, complete
with patriotic songs and entertainment. Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30pm. To purchase tickets
please telephone (337) 776 0856.
On Saturday May 15, 2021 noon on the Lawn of the Navarro County Courthouse, Mr. Williams will dedicate
the Navarro County Gold Star Monument. He will be introduced by Rich Roberts, the son of Jack Roberts,
a 1942 Corsicana High School graduate and U.S. Marine who fought on Battle of Peleliu in November of 1944
The public is encouraged to attend what may be Mr. Williams last trip to the Lone Star State.
The picture above is of Woody Williams with Rabel McNutt the Texas public school girl who originated the
idea to convince the President to hold a State Funeral in Washington, DC for the final MOH recipient from
the Second World War.
Registration Forms for TVP 2021 Parade Online
The registration forms for the 2021 Texas Veterans Parade are now online and can be accessed through the Registration Forms Section as PDF and Word DOC. A fillable PDF form will be added shortly.
2021 Texas Veterans Parade
Saturday May 15, 2021, 10:00 am
Corsicana, Texas is the city where the 2021 Texas Veterans Parade will take place, on Saturday May 15th, 2021, at 10:00am. The Parade is set to start at the Navarro County Courthouse with a route through historic brick streets of downtown Corsicana.
We at the Texas Veterans Parade have a simple, yet powerful mission statement: “To honor Texas Veterans of all wars and conflicts. To teach our school children about the sacrifices of Texas Veterans, Freedom and Liberty.”
The Parade will include floats from patriotic organizations like the Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Reenactors from different wars, Vintage Military Vehicles, Color Guards, Bands, marching Boy Scouts and much more. Trophies will be awarded for the best in each category. The Parade will also feature a flyover, performed by the Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force.
Registration is open NOW. Please join us and register now for this great and unique event here in Corsicana, Texas!
Texas Veterans Parade Photo Gallery
Come and check out our new Photo Gallery with all pictures in connection with our Parade on one page!
Letter of Support from our Mayor Don Denbow
When one hears the word patriotism, what comes to mind? In a country as diverse and complex as the United States, the word takes on many meanings. True patriotism is a strong sense of pride in and connection to a nation that champions its people, loves its land, and learns from its history. Part of history is military conflict. These significant events and the men and women who engage in all aspects are often overlooked in favor of more modern, commercialized celebrations.
National Armed Forces Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in May, is a day parade organizers in Corsicana, Texas have determined to be a great day to recognize not only military veterans, but active military, along with the organizations who support the patriotic belief. The inaugural Texas Veterans Parade will move through historic Downtown Corsicana, along the brick streets and businesses. Participants will be recognized for their service to our country. I, and many of those who live here, can’t recall such a military parade in town for more than 30 years. The last military parade in the United States honored the end of the Gulf War, so what better time to display how we came to enjoy the freedoms we have.
The parade will be May 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. I am inviting anyone who is part of a group or organization with ties to any branch of military, active or retired, to join this parade. Youth groups are encouraged to attend and participate to experience the dedication these veterans show all of us.
The Grand Marshal is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Vintage military vehicles, a Commemorative Air Force Ground Force Detachment Unit, and a flyover by the Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force are all scheduled. Patriotic floats, marching bands, and the Corsicana High School U.S. Air Force ROTC will join the parade.
Any organizations interested in participating should contact Joe D. Hill, U.S. Navy (Retired) at (430) 775-0856 or visit the website at www.texasveteransparade.com for an application.
City of Corsicana