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TEXAS VETERANS PARADE 2021 PRESS RELEASES

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Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana                             www.texasveteransparade.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday April 2, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS

 

Joe Hill, Press Representative

Tel: 337 496 3615

 

The Joe Barton –Ron Wright Congressional Trophy

to be Awarded Annually by Texas Veterans Parade

 

Corsicana, Texas- Texas Veterans Parade announces the creation of the Joe Barton –Ron Wright Congressional Trophy to be awarded annually to a government official who has demonstrated love for Veterans and done the most to promote the mission of the Texas Veterans Parade organization during the past year.

 

The mission of the Texas Veterans Parade is to “Honor Texas Veterans of all wars and conflicts and to teach students about Veteran sacrifices, Freedom and Liberty.” The award is named for the two Congressman who served the people of Navarro County and Central Texas for the past 37 years, Congressman Barton and Congressman Wright, who passed away on February 7 this year.

 

In 1984, Joe Barton was first elected to Congress from the 6th congressional district of Texas when three-term incumbent Phil Gramm left his seat to successfully run for the U.S. Senate.   As a graduate of Texas A&M with a Masters from Purdue University,  he served for 34 years and rose to become Chair of the House Energy Committee.

 

Congressman Joe Barton was a strong supporter of veterans while serving the 6th district for 34 years. He voted for increased health care benefits and needed reforms in the Veterans Hospitals.  Along with Congressman Dick Armey and Martin Frost, he helped locate the Veterans’ cemetery in Grand Prairie.

 

Congressman Ron Wright was elected to Congress in November of 2018, upon the retirement of Congressman Barton.   Congressman Ron Wright had a special place in his heart for Veterans. One of his proudest achievements was helping to bring the Medal of Honor Museum to Arlington , Texas. He also met regularly with Veterans and Veteran organizations.

 

The founder of the Texas Veterans Parade, Bill McNutt, said “We are blessed that our Congressional district has been served for the past 37  years by two freedo- loving patriots like Ron Wright and Joe Barton.   How appropriate that our annual award to a government official be named for these two great Texans, men in the spirit of Sam Houston and James Bowie. “ 

 

The award will be presented at the Palace Theater in Corsicana on Friday night May 14, at a very special event called “An Evening with Woody Williams”.  Mr. Williams, a Hero of Iwo Jima, was presented the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman at the White House in 1945.

 

Texas Veterans Parade CEO, retired Navy Captain Joe Hill remarked. “ Woody Williams will be in Corsicana to dedicate the magnificent 15,000 pound granite Gold Star Monument the next day at noon.”   A few tickets to the Friday night Palace Theater event are still available and can be obtained by calling Joe Hill at 337 496 3615.  An “Evening with Woody Williams” is sponsored by Community National Bank with headquarters in Corsicana, Texas.   Mr. Williams will talk about his 33 days of fighting on Iwo Jima. Other entertainment will be provided by the full choir of the First Baptist Church singing patriotic songs, and Navarro College History professor and actress Shellie O’Neal,entertaining in honor of  her father who fought on Iwo Jima. 

 

The widow of Congressman Wright, Susan, will also attend the event on Friday night May 14, 2021 in downtown Corsicana.

 

The Texas Veterans Parade is held annually in Corsicana on Armed Forces Day each May.   It also created and sponsor the Medal of Honor Trophy that goes annually to the winner of the Corsicana Tiger – Ennis Lions football game.

 

The website for the Texas Veterans parade is www.texasveteransparade.org

 

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Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana                             www.texasveteransparade.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday November 13. 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS

 

Joe Hill, Press Representative

Tel: 337 496 3615

 

Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Hero Wins Navarro County’s Highest Award, the Navarro-Garcia Trophy

 

Corsicana, Texas- The Texas Veterans Parade announces the 2020 recipient of the Navarro-Garcia Patriot Award.  The trophy will be received by the only living holder of the Medal of Honor from the Pacific in World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC.  The award will be made in Corsicana on Monday evening November 23, at the 2nd annual Medal of Honor Banquet.

 

Over 50 Texans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, including 31 in World War II and 13 in Vietnam. Corsicana’s own Candelario “Spider” Garcia is one of these heroes.  “I am honored to be receiving an award that bears the name of a fellow Medal of Honor recipient, Spider Garcia.  I hope to meet his brother and some of his family members when I am in Corsicana on Monday November 29. 

 

The founder of the Texas Veterans Parade, Bill McNutt, said “We are blessed that Mr. Williams is going to be in Corsicana to dedicate the magnificent 15,000 pound granite Gold Star Monument on November 23. This allows us to give him a very special award named for namesake our Navarro County, and for Candelario “Spider” Garcia who received the Congressional Medal of Honor in March of 2014.”

Candelario “Spider” Garcia, Jr. Garcia was born in Corsicana, Texas, on Feb. 26, 1944 and was a 1962 graduate of Corsicana High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, and his actions on December 8, 1968, while serving in Vietnam let to him receiving the Medal of Honor. In a battle near Lai Khê, Vietnam, Garcia destroyed two enemy machine-gun positions in an attempt to aid casualties that were in the open and under fire, then rejoined his company in a successful assault on the remaining enemy positions. He died on January 10, 2013 and is buried in Corsicana.

The Texas Veterans Parade is held annually in Corsicana on Armed Forces Day, each May.  They also created and sponsor the Medal of Honor Trophy that goes annually to the winner of the Corsicana Tiger, Ennis Lions football game.

 

Their mission statement is as follows: “To honor Texas Veterans of all wars and conflicts. To teach our school children about the sacrifices of Texas Veterans, Freedom, and Liberty.”

 

The website for the Texas Veterans parade is www.texasveteransparade.org

 

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TEXAS VETERANS PARADE 2020 PRESS RELEASES

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Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana                             www.texasveteransparade.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS

Dan Oates, Press Representative

Tel: 858 750 5560

 Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Hero to Present the First Ennis-Corsicana Trophy November 1, 2019

 Corsicana, Texas- The Texas Veterans Parade, in conjunction with the Bill McNutt Family Fund, announces the creation of the Medal of Honor Trophy to be awarded each time the Ennis Lions and Corsicana Tigers play football. The trophy honors an American hero and Medal of Honor recipient from each High School, Jack Lummus from Ennis and the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II, and Candelario “Spider” Garcia, from Corsicana and the Vietnam war. The trophy will be kept by the winning school’s athletic department until the next game is played.

 

The last living Medal of Honor holder from Iwo Jima and the Pacific War, Mr. Hershel “Woody” Williams will be at the Ennis/Corsicana game on Friday, November 1, 2019, to honor his fellow Iwo Jima Marine, Jack Lummus. He will flip the coin prior to the game at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana and present the trophy. Mr. Williams flipped the coin at Superbowl 52, played in Minnesota between the Patriots and the Eagles.

Retired Marine Corporal, Woody Williams of West Virginia said “It is unique that two Texas towns and high schools, so close together, would both have Medal of Honor recipients. I am happy to get to pay tribute to my fellow combat veteran from Iwo Jima, Jack Lummus and to Spider Garcia, by flipping the coin at this year’s game.”

 

Mr. Bill McNutt a 1973 Corsicana High graduate said “The Corsicana Ennis rivalry is historic and deserves a trophy that captures the spirit of both communities and pays homage to our unique past. Having Medal of Honor Woody Williams at the first game when the trophy is presented is special. ”

Shade Bouware, the Executive Director for Extracurricular Programs at Corsicana High School said “Corsicana and Ennis are patriotic communities with strong support for veterans. This trophy is unique in all of Texas and will serve as an annual reminder of the cost of freedom.”

“When our star Ennis Lions athlete was killed on Iwo Jima and received the Medal of Honor, it was a source of sadness and pride for everyone in Ennis.” said Don Drake, Ennis Athletic Director. “To honor his memory with the trophy is simply the right thing to do.”

Mr. Jack Lummus – was an All-District Football Player at Ennis High School and went on to play for the Baylor Bears and the New York Football Giants. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Lummus and the Giants were playing a game and the Associated Press ticker in the press box gave out a message saying, “Airplanes identified as Japanese have attacked the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.” The players continued the game, knowing nothing of the attack. After playing in the NFL championship game a few weeks later, the Giants End from Ennis, Texas enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 30, 1942.

Lummus, a 1st Lt. was in the first wave of troops to land at Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. He and his platoon spent the next two weeks incessantly fighting the dug-in Japanese. On February 23, he was spotting targets on the slopes of Mt. Suribachi for artillery and airstrikes. Nearby, his fellow Marine Woody Williams accepted the challenge of opening a lane for infantry and tanks through a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, going forward alone with a 70-pound flamethrower to reduce devastating machine gunfire. Two of the four riflemen providing covering fire for him were killed. For more than four hours, Williams repeatedly returned to his lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain fresh flame throwers. He disabled six enemy pillboxes, killing all the enemies in each. President Harry Truman awarded him the Congressional Medal of Honor at the White House on October 5, 1945.

On March 8, 1945, the former Ennis Lions football player Lummus was spearheading a final assault on an objective east of Kitano Point, near the northern edge of the island. Despite minor wounds received from grenade fragmentation, Lummus knocked out three enemy strongholds, well-fortified positions arranged to defend each other, which were preventing his platoon from reaching its objective. Following this action, he stepped on a land mine and was mortally wounded. While lying on the ground, he urged his platoon on, until he was carried off to an aid station. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. He is buried in Ennis.

Candelario “Spider” Garcia, Jr. Garcia was born in Corsicana, Texas, Feb. 26, 1944 and was a 1962 graduate of Corsicana High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, and his actions on December 8, 1968, while serving in Vietnam caused him to receive the Medal of Honor. In a battle near Lai Khê, Vietnam, Garcia destroyed two enemy machine-gun positions in an attempt to aid casualties that were in the open and under fire, then rejoining his company in a successful assault on the remaining enemy positions. He died on January 10, 2013 and is buried in Corsicana.

The Texas Veterans Parade is held annually in Corsicana on Armed Forces Day, each May.  Their mission statement is as follows: “To honor Texas Veterans of all wars and conflicts. To teach our school children about the sacrifices of Texas Veterans, Freedom, and Liberty.”

 

The website for the parade is www.texasveteransparade.org

 

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Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana                             www.texasveteransparade.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday April 2, 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS

 

Susana Wilson,  Press Representative

480-824 3015

 

Texas Veterans Parade in Corsicana Texas on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 18. 2019

 

Corsicana, Texas – The Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana, Texas will honor current and past Military Veterans from all wars and conflicts on Armed Forces Day, Saturday morning May, 18.  The website is www.texasveteransparade.com

 

The parade will honor two Corsicana and Navarro County heroes, Candelario “Spider” Garcia, 2014 Medal of Honor recipient, as well as the namesake of the county, Jose Antonio Navarro, who signed both the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Texas Constitution.

 

A Texas Veterans Parade in Corsicana is not new. It is the reestablishment of a tradition that goes back more than 100 years. The World War I Armistice parade in 1918 and 1945 World War II Victory Parade and Rodeo drew thousands of Texans to Corsicana’s famous downtown, located one hour south of Dallas, Texas.

 

The modern parade Founder is a 1973 Corsicana High graduate, Bill McNutt. His daughter Slone McNutt, a 9 year old public school student originated the idea.

 

The 2019 Parade will start at 10 a.m. and include a  WWII combat veteran and a Medal of Honor recipient as the Grand Marshals.  Parade Co-Chairman Joe Hill said “We are searching statewide for reenactors from all wars, vintage military vehicles and marching bands to go along with our flyover from the Commemorative Airforce.”

 

About the TexasVeterans Parade, Corsicana

 

The Texas Veterans Parade, Corsicana exists to honor Texas Veterans from all Wars and Conflict and to teach our children about the sacrifices of Veterans, liberty and freedom.   To participate in the parade telephone 903-257 5910.

 

The parade will start at ten AM on Saturday May 18, 2019 at the Navarro County Courthouse in Corsicana, Texas 

 

Hotels are available

 

 

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