Veterans Day event lights downtown Mexia

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents of every age and background came together to mark Veterans Day in a variety of ways at one special event in Mexia on Saturday, Nov. 11.
The occasion was An Evening on Main: Celebration of Thankfulness Saluting Our Veterans, put on by the group Mexia Downtown.
The three-hour event included solemn as well as fun moments, with patriotism mixed with delight: singing, music, prayers, pledges, pride, flags, food and families.
Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen opened the activity by thanking those who attended as well as those who organized the event. He reminded the audience that Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, established by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919, marking the date World War I hostilities in Europe had ceased one year earlier. In 1954, however, in the wake of World War II, the U.S. Congress changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and President Dwight Eisenhower enlarged the holiday’s meaning, so that all who fought in U.S. wars would be acknowledged.
Following Burkeen’s remarks, Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan also welcomed the crowd and recognized veterans. He read a letter from Sen. John Cornyn, thanking veterans; then Duncan reminded those present that the families of veterans also pay a price for their service.

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