Cavalry Unit to Ride in Vets Day Parade

Mounted Troops

Mounted soldiers will ride down Main Street on Monday, Nov. 11. as part of the annual Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade.

The famed Horse Cavalry Detachment of the 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, near Killeen, is one of seven mounted cavalry units on active duty in the United States Army, and they bring to life the spirit of the equestrian soldier wherever they perform, the Tarrant County Veterans Council said in a news release.

The detachment is organized and equipped to represent the division as an 1870 era “horse soldier” troop, complete with cavalry uniforms consisting of government-issue blouses, trousers, hats, belts and boots, authentic firearms, sabers, saddles and work details of the period.

The Fort Hood detachment will highlight this year’s “Centennial Celebration” – the theme of the event. This special centenary happening was organized by the Tarrant County Veterans Council and hosted by the City of Fort Worth.

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This year marks 100 years of Armistice and Veterans Day marches in the city. Cowtown’s parade began as an armistice procession in 1919 to honor those who had fought in World War I.

This year is also the 100th anniversary of three veteran service organizations – The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Military Order of World Wars. Representatives from each will serve as co-parade marshals for this year’s march.

Special Guest of Honor for the parade is Mr. James South, WWII and Korean War veteran.

The event has been designated a 2019 National Veterans Day Regional Site by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade as “a fitting tribute to America’s heroes and the event should serve as a model for other communities to follow in planning their own observances,” the news release said.