Plans are being finalized in The Colony for the 16th annual American Heroes festival, to be held on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at The Colony Five Star Complex.
American Heroes is a yearly celebration of veterans and first responders, and the event organizers are particularly excited about this year’s event. Visit SaluteAmericanHeroes.com for the full festival schedule.
“We have worked really hard to make this year’s American Heroes festival really special,” said Priscilla Schubert, Special Events Supervisor. “This is our first year to have a drone show and we’re really excited to get feedback from the community.”
Vertical Horizon is set to perform on the American Heroes main stage Friday at 8:30 p.m., with The Unlikely Candidates opening the show at 6:30 p.m. The fun doesn’t end on Friday; country music artist Chris Cagle is scheduled to play Saturday at 6:30 p.m., with Austin Snell hitting the stage at 4 p.m. and The Chad Cooke Band at 2 p.m.
Music isn’t the only thing happening at the festival, according to Recreation Manager Lindsey Stansell.
“American Heroes is a weekend-long event. We have all kinds of family friendly events planned to celebrate veterans and first responders, including a carnival, car show, sponsor expo, silent auction, veterans ceremonies, and a grand finale fireworks extravaganza,” Stansell said.
Proceeds from this year’s silent auction benefit the American Heroes festival, as well as two veterans’ organizations. One of those organizations is OneTribe, a non-profit that works to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic and educate the public on Post Traumatic Stress and other mental health issues. The other beneficiary, Operation Comfort Warriors, is a program of the American Legion that is dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured, or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.
“We plan all kinds of events throughout the year,” Stansell said. “But American Heroes has a very special meaning to so many people, including myself. It is really fulfilling to be part of such a great event. You may not be a veteran or first responder yourself, but everyone has a family member, friend or loved one who has served our country and communities.
“This event is a great opportunity to say thank you to those folks for the sacrifice they have made.”
For additional information regarding the American Heroes festival you can visit the event website at www.SaluteAmericanHeroes.com or contact Schubert at [email protected], 972-624-3952.