Weeklong celebration at Oak Point Park in Plano honoring veterans and first responders

Numerous activities are planned as part of a week-long celebration from November 5-12 honoring military veterans and first responders.

The sixth annual Plano Flags of Honor is hosted by the Plano East Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Plano.

One of the highlights of the event is a field of 1,111 full-size American flags on display at Oak Point Park in Plano. The number of flags pays homage to the armistice treaty that signaled the end of World War I, which according to a press release was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

“The Plano Flags of Honor are manifested as something we can see and touch as we remember those who have served our nation and communities,” said Marine Corps Capt. and Rotarian Ean Sullivan in the press release.

Flags will be installed on November 4th and will remain on display until November 12th.

“The Plano Flags of Honor unite the fellowship with those who serve and devote themselves to others,” event organizer Lisa Bloomer said in the press release. “It gives us a ‘time out’ to take a break from our busy lives and reflect on our past and present heroes who protect us and strengthen our country’s ideals.”

A number of other events will be held at the Red Tail Pavilion at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule includes hot air balloon rides on November 4th and 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Student art will be on display from 10am to 7pm on November 5th, 6th and 7th. During this time, a station will also be set up where people can leave a message for a hero.

Most of the events take place on November 5th.

Living historians and reenactors, dressed in historical clothing with military equipment, will tell their stories from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

A Plano Safety Fair and Touch-A-Truck will be held from 11am to 4pm. Vehicles include fire engines, ambulances, careflite and bulldozers. At Fire Truck Pulloza at noon, teams of 12 compete to pull a fire truck.

Patriot Paws will be on site with some of their dogs in training from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The nonprofit organization trains and provides service dogs for veterans with disabilities.

The Ladies Liberty Show Troupe will be performing from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. At 6:15 p.m., the police will give a gun salute, taps will be played and colors will be withdrawn.

Patriot Paws and his dogs in training will also be at the park on November 6th from 1pm to 5pm.

For more information visit https://planoflagsofhonor.com.

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