Battlefront at Home … Saluting our Veterans & First Responders is the theme of this year’s Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Participants will form up in the Fort Worth Panther Island Pavilion parking lot, march down North Forest Park Boulevard along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River and return.
Although months away, The Tarrant County Veterans Council is busy planning for the special event. A parade website has launched (www.fw2021vetsdayparade.org) and the parade committee is soliciting support from individuals and organizations across North Texas for this year’s celebration.
“Everyone can join in our salute to veterans and first responders who’ve given so much during the pandemic,” said Parade Chairman Ken Cox. “Simply visit our website where you can learn how to support, volunteer and take part.”
Fort Worth’s annual Veterans Day parade began as an armistice procession through downtown in 1919 to honor those who had fought in World War I.
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, sought to expand Armistice Day to salute all veterans. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of a national Veterans Day. Weeks led the first celebration in 1947 and annually until his death in 1985.