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WC Veterans Day celebration to include F-16 flyover

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Weatherford College will celebrate Veterans Day with a ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at the Ed Kramer Veterans Flag Plaza starting at 10:45 a.m.

This year’s event will begin with an appearance from four very special visitors: four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth will fly over the campus initiating the start of the celebration. The jets are from the 301st Fighter Wing, an Air Force Reserve F-16 unit.

This year’s guest speaker is Col. Thomas MacKenzie, U.S. Army Retired, a WC alumnus.

“Col. MacKenzie trained at Fort Wolters to fly helicopters in the Vietnam War,” said Ralph Willingham, WC Veterans Coordinator. “After he left the service he attended and graduated from Weatherford College in 1977. Then, after attending UTA and Baylor College of Dentistry he re-entered the Army to do his residency as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. His persistence and determination make his journey a remarkable story.”

Senator Pat Fallon will also participate in the ceremony. Sen. Fallon spent four years as an Air Force officer, serving at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls.

Music will be provided by Hunter Burt on bagpipes and Toby Hutchison singing and playing the guitar.

As in the past, WC veterans will take part in raising the military flags and the American and Texas flags. Parker County Gold Star Families will also be honored with a remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for their country.

The Kramer Flag Plaza is adjacent to the Academic Building on the north side of WC’s Weatherford campus. Parking will be available in the North Lot off Park Avenue and in the Main Lot off College Park Drive.