Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm
Veterans Day-Congressman Van Taylor and Col. Antho



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Honor Veterans at a live event and also virtually at  7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11 at the Allen Public Library and the program is free. Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through


The Allen Community Band Brass Choir will open the program with a medley of patriotic music.   Opening with the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the Brass Choir will then perform patriotic selections scanning several decades and various styles.

After introductory remarks by Allen Mayor Ken Fulk, Colonel Anthony A. Wood will recall his key role in the evacuation of Saigon in April of 1975 at the close of the Viet Nam War.  Then Captain Wood organized a group of American civilian volunteers who assumed great personal risk to remain without protection and evacuate over 5,000 persons from the collapsing capital to the safety of waiting Marine helicopters.

In 2003, Captain Van Taylor was deployed to Iraq where he fought with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company.  While deployed, Van led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade and a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines during the pitched Battle of An Nasiriyah.  For his service in Iraq, the Marine Corps awarded Captain Taylor the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor.

Sponsored by Allen Public Library, VFW Armistice Memorial Post 2195, General Bernardo de Galvez Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Allen Community Band, this program is free.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.