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World War I Exhibits and Training Depot Reenactment

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I – the “War to End Wars” – the Terry Fisher American Legion Post, Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Rockwall Parks and Recreation have aligned to honor the United States efforts during the Great War.

The Rockwall County Historical Foundation, Rockwall County Historical Commission, and the DAR will host exhibits at the RCHF Museum and Bailey House at 815 Washington in Harry Myers Park.   These exhibits are private collections from citizens, DAR members and other contributors.  It will include pictures, weapons, artifacts and other historical items. The Bailey House will be the site for the exhibits and be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Founders Day, May 19.

The Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 will conduct an interactive history event for elementary-aged children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and girls will be reenacting enlistment, induction and basic training drills similar to those the “Doughboys” experienced 100 years ago. A Memorial Day Concert at The Harbor on Thursday evening, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. will highlight WWI in music and spirit.  Special emphasis will be given to the 21 veterans of military service from Rockwall who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWI.

Rest Haven Memorial Day Concert

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs will bring a special patriotic pet parade to Rest Haven’s Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, Concert and Family Day event on Monday, May 30. The Reveille Sisters also return to the Memorial Day event which will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park’s Celebration Field in Rockwall (2500 St Hwy 66 East) beginning at 10 a.m. This free, family event is open to the entire community and is hosted by Rest Haven Funeral Homes,Rest Haven Memorial Park, The Flower Box and Pet Memories.  Seating will be available, but lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged.

Memorial Day & Touch a Truck Celebration

Bring the entire family to the Rowlett Community Centre as we celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen military heroes. The event begins with the Memorial Day ceremony at 10:00 A.M., which honors the men and women who gave their lives to preserve our freedom.

Following the ceremony, the event continues with ‘Touch-A-Truck’, a fun and educational opportunity for children of all ages to touch, climb on and in, and explore vehicles of all sizes. Featured will be a School bus, Dump Truck, Front End Loader, Tractor Trailer, Fire Truck, Rowlett Ambulance, Police Car, Motorcycle and SWAT vehicle, Police Command Post, VIPS unit, Mowers, Tractor, Trash Truck, Tow Truck and more! There will also be bounce houses, crafts and face painting as well as other kid’s activities.

Memorial Day Ceremony featuring “Touch-A-Truck”

Bring the entire family to the Rowlett Community Centre (5300 Main Street) to honor fallen military heroes at the Memorial Day Celebration featuring Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event begins with the Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. in front of the Rowlett Community Centre, located at 5300 Main Street, honoring the men and women who gave their lives to preserve freedom. The Rowlett Police and Fire Honor Guard will present the flag ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the event will continue with ‘Touch-A-Truck’, a fun and educational opportunity for children of all ages to touch and explore large construction vehicles, fire engines, police cars, ambulances, school bus, DART bus, 18-wheelers, the and more! There will be a DJ, bounce houses, and face painting.

Memorial Day Concert at Rockwall Harbor

The City of Rockwall will hold its annual Memorial Day Concert on Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at The Harbor Amphitheater. The community is invited to this free event featuring music representing wars throughout the history of the U.S. and honoring veterans who served in those wars.

“Our theme for this year’s concert is War Letters,” said Christopher Lynch, Memorial Day concert planning committee chairman. ”We are combining the dramatic and musical talents of our city to present a program that entertains and commemorates the sacrifice of those who served.”

The concert will combine the efforts of the Rockwall Community Band, directed by Mike McGill, with student actors and musicians from Rockwall ISD to present a unique tribute for Memorial Day. Student actors will read actual letters from service members and families from all the nation’s wars and this correspondence will be combined with a musical selections performed by a student vocalist or the fine musicians of the Rockwall Community Band.

Rockwall ISD’s Director of Arts, Chris Kosterman, will serve as concert director and is excited to showcase the talents of his students.

“We are adding dramatic elements to this year’s concert and the pairing of the very moving letters with the music will result in a deserved tribute and an entertaining experience,” he said.

Mayor Jim Pruitt will open this year’s concert and Rockwall Police Department Honor Guard will start the concert by presenting our colors. Gary Freedman’s narration will add historical context to the letters and musical offerings.