Two Ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park The public is invited to join the City of McKinney and McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military with two ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park for Veterans Day this year. This year, there will be two ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park.
Veterans Day Tribute 11 a.m., Saturday November 11. The ceremony will include guest speaker and retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Tony Wood, known for planning and directing the evacuation of U.S. citizens from the Vietnamese capital of Saigon in 1975. The event will also include a missing man formation flyover, patriotic music and the parading the colors. View calendar
Sundown Ceremony Later in the evening, a sundown ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park at 5:26 p.m. that will include the reading of the names displayed on the Wall of Honor followed by the playing of taps. The ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes. View calendar
Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney
Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney is located on a half-acre site in Van Tuyl Plaza at Craig Ranch. It features a Wall of Honor with the inscribed names of Collin County servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedom, while it honors all veterans. A lighted American flag flies 24 hours a day over the wall. A fountain at the base of the flagpole symbolically waters Shumard Red Oak trees (water restrictions allowing) representing each branch of the Armed Services. A ribbon-like walkway extends from one end to the other.
The park broke ground Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in an on-site ceremony. It was completed for an opening ceremony on Veterans Day 2011.