Medal of Honor Week Kicks Off in Texas

On Monday a weeklong celebration will kickoff in Texas honoring Medal of Honor recipients. The celebration will feature 12 Medal recipients who will share their stories at various schools in the county during the week. Gainesville is the host city for this program.

The Medal of Honor Host City Program was founded in 2001 by a group of volunteers who wanted to find a unique way to honor our country’s heroes. Medal of Honor recipients were invited to come to Gainesville or visit as they passed through to another destination. They would be provided a daily stipend to defray their daily expenses while in the city. They would be welcomed to the city and given a tour.

Col. Don “Doc” Ballard was the first recipient to visit the city. Impressed with the city’s reception, he has returned every year since. The late Brig. Gen. Robert E. Galer, a World War II recipient who lived nearby was very supportive of the program. Now the weeklong program involves talks at local schools, a golf tournament, and tours of historic homes.

MoH Week announced or first day’s events.

Read about the parade on Saturday.

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