POW/MIA Recognition Days
Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon, during Monday's Johnson County Commissioners Court meeting, proclaimed Friday through Sunday as Antique Alley Texas Event Days in Johnson County.
The event, which stretches from Cleburne to Maypearl and includes participation from other cities, occurs twice a year on the third Friday through Sunday run of April and September.
COVID-19 precautions led to a first earlier this year, cancellation of the April Antique Alley.
“Antique Alley has been going on in our county for a long time,” Harmon said. “It brings a lot of benefits, a lot of economic activity and it pulls a lot of people into the county. It also helps a lot of people get rid of stuff they don’t want.”
Grandview business owner Nita Redmon, one of the event's founders, said Antique Alley began in 1999, originally with Grandview and Cleburne, but has since grown to include Keene, Venus, Alvarado, Maypearl and Waxahachie.
The event, which attracts more motor and pedestrian traffic to Johnson County than any other, is the result of an all volunteer effort on the part of local businesses, churches, schools, nonprofit organizations and other groups. The event also inspires a spike in yard sales, Redmon added.
“More than that, it benefits our hotels, RV parks, restaurants, grocery stores and all our local businesses from the amount of people coming into the county,” Redmon said.
Harmon also proclaimed National POW/MIA Recognition Days in Johnson County. Of the 81,562 POW/MIA service men and women more than 2,000 are from Texas, Harmon said.
“These heroes are why we have our freedom today,” Harmon said. “Let us never take that for granted.”
Harmon commended Cleburne American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 member Marty Peters, who was on hand to accept the proclamation.
“Marty’s here on a regular basis and she’s always promoting our veterans and service men and women,” Harmon said. “That says a lot.”
A hoped-for ceremony to honor POW/MIA service members has been canceled this year because of COVID-19, Peters said.
“Instead, members of ALA will be around Cleburne on Friday distributing yellow ribbons,” Peters said. “We’re asking nothing in return other than that people remember our veterans and those who suffered and died as well as their families. We also encourage businesses and households to display ribbons on that day, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.”
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