From Staff Reports
To honor and remember our nation’s military heroes, Audie Murphy Days will kick off Friday, May 15 in Greenville.
The annual two day event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum to celebrate Audie Leon Murphy, the most decorated combat soldier of World War II, as well as military veterans and those currently serving our country.
Audie Murphy Days, May 15th and 16th, centers on the life of Audie Murphy, a native son of Hunt County, war hero, Hollywood film star and accomplished songwriter.
This year’s events will consist of a variety of speakers, displays and entertainment. Noted speakers include Dr. David Smith who is publishing a new book on Audie Murphy and Dr. Carolyn Perry who will talk about Audie in relation to the film industry of that era. There will be a panel discussion with a combination of recently published authors on Audie as well as some people who met Audie.
Actress and producer Terry Moore will be the celebrity guest speaker this year. She has starred in 77 feature films and listed among her leading men are such Hollywood legends including Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Robert Wagner and, of course, Audie Murphy.
Some of her most well-known films include Mighty Joe Young and Come Back Little Sheba in which she received an Academy Award nomination for her role. Terry starred with Audie in Cast a Long Shadow in 1959.
A special “Audie Bus Tour” will be available Friday afternoon for $5 per person.
The tour will take people to various highlights around the County dealing with Audie Murphy. RSVP’s will be required ahead of time for this tour as there are a limited number of seats available.
A BBQ lunch catered by Ernie’s BBQ will also be available on Friday and tickets can be purchased ahead of time for that as well. Tickets for the luncheon will cost $12 for adults/$5 for children 5-12 yrs. old.
Friday’s events will be held at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center at 5501 Hwy. 69 South in Greenville and Saturday’s events will begin at the Civic Center but will move to the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum located at 600 I-30 East in Greenville in the afternoon. Doors will open both days at 9 a.m. with the programs beginning at 10 a.m.
A regular admission charge of $6 adults, $4 seniors and $2 students will apply to enter the museum. Re-admittance for the weekend into the museum will be free. Contact the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum at (903) 450-4502 or visit the website at www.amacmuseum.com for additional information.