Date: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: Gather at 9:30 a.m., services begin at 10 a.m.
Location: Veterans Memorial, 925 W. Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Join us as we honor all service men and women with a Memorial Day Celebration. The event includes a 21-gun salute, a flyover of vintage aircraft, bag piper, wreath ceremony, orchestra and a free all-American lunch cooked and served by our local Rotary clubs. There will also be the reading of the names of Grand Prairie veterans from the columns of the memorial.
Brigadier General José M. Portela (Ret.) will be taking part in the ceremony. Portela joined the United States Air Force Reserves and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps while still 19 years of age. He received his undergraduate pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas and earned his pilot wings in June 1970. Promoted to First Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 41st Military Airlift Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C. and flew C-141A Starlifter during which time he became the youngest C-141A Aircraft Commander at age 22. In 1972, he was promoted to Captain and in September 1972, served with the 3rd Military Airlift Squadron which briefly operated the new Lockheed C-5A Galaxy at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.
Information: Parks, Arts and Recreation Department, 972-237-8100.