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Watch Veterans Day Ceremony


More than 150 people attended the very special Veterans Day Ceremony at the Kaufman County Veterans Memorial Park on Thursday, November 11, 2021. If you were unable to join us for this event, you may watch it online on the City’s Facebook page. (Click HERE to watch the ceremony.).

This year’s feature event featured the lighting of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the unveiling to the MIA/POW Chair that will become a permanent memorial to all Veterans who did not make it back home.

The top three winners of the Kaufman County High School Essay Contest were also announced. Each of the 32 entrants wrote a moving essay about “What a Veteran Is To Me.” The top three winners received cash prizes donated by the American Legion Post 165 in Kaufman. First place went very deservingly to Diovante Grant who is a senior at Forney High School. Second place went to Carlos Ramirez who is a senior at Kaufman High School. Third place went to Tyler Spitzer, a senior at Kemp Academy. You may read the top three essays HERE. All essay entries will be posted next week.

Please take the time to drive by the Veterans Memorial Park at dark (3800 S. Houston St. in Kaufman) to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall illuminated. Breathtaking!

A special thanks goes out to Robert Hunter, the Kaufman County Veterans Services Officer, who organized, coordinated and presented this very memorable Veterans Day Ceremony, and the many volunteers and veterans who helped make it so special.