Farmersville will honor its favorite son this weekend, and area veterans, with a full roster of activities in a special celebration planned to honor those who served, and to honor the memory of World War II hero Audie Murphy.
The annual Audie Murphy Day (AMD) event is Saturday, June 10, and for those veterans not yet registered, it can be completed online at audiemurphyday.org.
Starting Friday night, June 9, the Farmersville Heritage Museum, located at 107 Farmersville Parkway, will open its doors from 5 to 7 p.m. to showcase its recently updated Audie Murphy exhibit, including a recent donation from one of the founders of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, a private U.S. Army organization.
Following the reception, Fine Arts on Main (FAM) will host a showing of the film, To Hell and Back” at 7 p.m., which tells the story of Murphy’s heroic exploits during World War II.
The next day, Saturday June 10, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., there will be registration and a free breakfast to celebrate veterans at First Baptist Church of Farmersville, located at 124 S. Washington St.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. led by the 1St Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry detachment and the 1st Cavalry Division Band through downtown Farmersville. Aside from multiple parade entrants on the ground, there will be a special flyover by the Commemorative Air Force.
Local veterans, civic groups and residents are encouraged to participate in the free, patriotic-themed parade. Following the parade there will be a ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at the Onion Shed located at 154 S. Main Street, followed by a veteran’s luncheon at noon at First Baptist Church.
Several exhibits in town will showcase Murphy and the military on parade day. From noon to 3 p.m., the Farmersville Historical Society will open the Bain-Honaker House at 108 College Street for an Unknown Soldiers exhibit and the Heritage Museum will feature it’s special Audie Murphy and Sister City Exhibition.
The Charles Rike Memorial Library, located at 203 Orange St., will have special Audie Murphy artifacts on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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