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Posted on: November 1, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Veterans Day celebration planned in The Colony

American Heroes

Plans are being finalized in The Colony for the 11th annual American Heroes festival, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Colony Five Star Complex.

American Heroes is a yearly celebration of veterans, and the event organizers are particularly excited about this year’s event.

“We have worked really hard to make this year’s American Heroes festival really special,” said Lindsey Stansell, Special Events Coordinator. “It all starts with the selection of our musical performances, and I think this year’s lineup is very exciting.”

Sawyer Brown is set to perform on the American Heroes main stage at 6:30 p.m., but they aren’t the only music to be heard that day. Singer/songwriter legend Radney Foster is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., and country favorite Restless Heart hits the stage at 4 p.m.

Although the American Heroes festival is a FREE event for everyone and tickets are not required, Parks & Recreation has a limited number of VIP access tickets available for purchase. VIP access tickets are $30/person, and get you access to a premium concert-viewing area, dinner, and two complimentary drink coupons. VIP access tickets can be purchased in person at The Colony Recreation Center, 5151 North Colony Blvd., 75056, or by calling Parks & Recreation at 972-625-1106.

Music isn’t the only thing happening at the festival, according to Recreation Manager David Swain.

“American Heroes is a daylong event. We have all kinds of family friendly events planned to celebrate the day including a carnival, car show, vendor expo, silent auction, veterans ceremonies, and a grand finale fireworks extravaganza,” Swain said.

Proceeds from this year’s silent auction benefit the American Heroes festival as well as two veterans’ organizations. One of those organizations is 22KILL, a non-profit that works to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic and educate the public on Post Traumatic Stress and other mental health issues. The other beneficiary, Operation Comfort Warriors, is a program of the American Legion that is dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured, or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.

“We plan all kinds of event throughout the year,” Swain said. “But American Heroes has a very special meaning to so many people. It is really fulfilling to be part of such a great event. You may not be a veteran yourself, but everyone either has a family member, friend or loved one who is a veteran. This event is a great opportunity to say thank you to those folks for the sacrifice they made by serving this country.”

For additional information regarding the American Heroes festival you can visit the event website at www.SaluteAmericanHeroes.com or contact Swain at [email protected], 972-624-3959.

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