Tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, April 6th, citizens will have a rare opportunity to cheer on an incredible group of living heroes. This is the eighth year to honor Congressional Medal of Honor recipient’s as a special motorcade makes its way from DFW Airport, along SH 114 in Southlake, all the way to Gainesville. The host City of Gainesville celebrates the Medal of Honor recipients with a weekend of activities and celebrations to honor them.
Each year the Medal of Honor recipients fly into DFW where they are met by a large group of police officers and firefighters from all across N. Texas including members of the Southlake Police and Fire departments. This year, a record number of first responders are participating in the ride, along with motorcycle groups like the Patriot Guard Riders, Christian Motorcycle Association and the Blue Knights.
The escort is an amazing site to see as people line the streets from DFW Airport to Gainesville to show their support and appreciation for the these living heroes and to honor their military service. Adults and children alike can be seen waving the American Flag and waving their hands as the motorcade passes by.
As in years past, the Southlake and Grapevine Fire Departments will lower a large U.S. flag between two fire engines on top of the Carroll Ave. bridge to honor the Medal of Honor recipients as they pass underneath the bride along HWY 114. It’s an honor for our Police and Fire Departments to play a small role in showing our gratitude and appreciation for these living heroes who served their country from World War II through the war in Afghanistan.
The motorcade is expected to stretch 8-9 miles long with well over 550 vehicles participating. We anticipate the motorcade will depart the staging area between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., depending on the arrival of the last MOH recipient at DFW Airport. Be advised that the caravan honoring these heroes may cause delays in traffic along the route. The organizers of this event realize the motorcade will be leaving right around rush hour as the last MOH recipient lands at 4:00 p.m. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.