100 years ago this Sunday Nov 11th, World War I ended!
World War I Centennial commemoration events
Friday, October 26– if you noticed downtown in front of the courthouse is filled with poppies around the war memorial monument. Schoolchildren volunteers have placed 592 Flanders Field poppies representing service members from Gillespie County who served their country, with the 15 large poppies representing those WWI service members killed in action.
Sunday, November 4 at 5:30 PM – there will be a screening of the WWI film ”War Horse” at Fritz Town Cinema. This show will be free to the public and is sponsored by the Hill country film society and Fritz Town Cinema.
Sunday , November 11, 2018 –
11:00 – all the churches in Gillespie County have synchronized their church bells to chime for one minute, Commemorating the moment of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month and the signing of the armistice which ended the great war. Following the ringing of the bells there will be a wreath laying ceremony in front of the courthouse in remembrance of the 15 WWI service members who were killed in action.
11:00 – The Nimitz Museum invites Visitors to the National Museum of the Pacific War Nimitz Gallery Grand Ballroom to mark Veterans Day and the World War I Centennial with two special programs. National Museum of the Pacific War staff will be in the Nimitz Gallery Grand Ballroom immediately following the Veteran’s Day Ceremony in the Memorial Courtyard (11:00 am-12:00 pm) to help families make their own Remembrance Poppy to wear throughout the historic day. The Poppy was the first flower to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders Belgium which inspired the poem “In Flanders Field.” The small red flower has long been a symbol of WWI and is often seen around Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day in the U.S.keynote speaker this year is Major General Robert W. Parker, USAF, (Ret.).
1:00 – Head back to the Nimitz Grand Ballroom to learn just how the battle lines of the Second World War were drawn during WWI, in both Europe and the Pacific as Scott Wolford, Ph.D., presents “How the Second World War in the Pacific Emerged from the First”. He will trace how Japan’s participation in the First World War created the conditions for both its invasion of China in 1937 and the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the conclusion of the presentation, step out the front doors of the Nimitz Gallery to see the Flyover and grab a spot to watch the Veteran’s Day Parade.
1:45 be sure to be outside and preferably on Main Street getting ready for the parade. Because at 1:45 there will be 14 vintage planes flying formation over downtown Fredericksburg
2:00 right after the flyover the Veterans Day parade down Main will begin. It will be billed between the 300 block of East Main in the 300 block of West Main.
If your a veteran we would love for you to ride on one of the floats. If you would like to ride on a float this Sunday, call (830)997-3758 Gillespie County Veterans Service Office. There will also have a “Standby Veteran Table” at the NW corner of the old jail. Check in at the table NLT 1:15 pm on Sunday Nov 11th. All available seats will be filled with Veterans who want to participate at 1:45 pm.
3:30 Following the parade there will be a WWI Concert at Marktplatz (Town Square) located in the 100 West Main block. Plus The Pioneer Museum will have a display of WWI memorabilia and feature Gillespie County WWI Veterans.
5:00 Pontotoc Vineyard and Weingarten will be sponsoring a barbecue for all the veterans. Located at 320 W. Main St.
All this sponsored by the great people at the veterans Council of Gillespie County, Gillespie County and the city of Fredericksburg.