Three civic groups have teamed up to honor our nation's heroes with a Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Downtown Tyler.

The City of Tyler, the Mayor's Veteran and Community Roundtable, and First Baptist Church of Tyler have come together to create a program celebrating our Veterans.

“Tyler is a very veteran friendly community and we are thrilled to recognize veterans of all ages along with their families,” said Veterans Roundtable Co-chairman Jim Snow.

West Ferguston Street will be closed from Bonner to Broadway from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. for the ceremony.

The festivities will kick-off with a prayer service in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, located at 301 W. Ferguson St., followed by a freedom walk to the T.B. Butler Plaza where a traditional military ceremony will commence at noon. Those unable to walk will be shuttled to the plaza.

Veterans is a parking meter holiday so all parking meters and parking garage spaces will be free on Tuesday.

According to the City of Tyler, Smith County is home to nearly 18,000 veterans as well as a Super Armory and the Texas Veterans Home that opened in November 2011. The economic impact of Veterans to the Smith County economy is estimated to be $60.8 million annually.

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