City of Plano presents Sunset at Memorial Park
Sunset at Memorial Park is a ceremony that honors the nation’s military who paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives, with a special reading of the names of the Plano fallen from WWI forward. The 45-minute event begins with the arrival of patriotic motorcycle riders who then stand as flag bearers surrounding the park. There will be 42 U.S. flags, each representing a hero from Plano who have fallen and one for the MIAs who have yet to be accounted for.
A bagpiper and drummer will play prior to a reading of the names. All five branches of the military will perform a moving flag ceremony. The Plano Civic Chorus will perform. Plano Fire Department Lieutenant William Ripley will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The guest speaker is Retired USMC First Sargent Michael Arnold. Stephen Blackburn will receive an honorary folded flag on behalf of his brother-in-law, Air Force Second Lieutenant Richard Vandegeer. Lt. Vandegeer was on the last Air Force mission of the Vietnam War, and his name is the last one to be added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall of those killed in action.