City to honor World War II veterans Dec. 7

Pearl Harbor Day is the date of Cedar Park City Council's ceremony to honor World War II veterans Dec. 7 from 3–5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.



City organizers said they found 65 Cedar Park veterans, most of whom will attend the ceremony. Weather permitting, the event will start with a performance of "America the Beautiful" during a flyover of Supermarine 509 Spitfire T9 planes used during World War II.



Fort Hood's 1st Cavalry Division Band will perform the opening song, and the fort's 36th Engineering Brigade Honor Guard will present the American flag. A reception will follow.



Mayor Matt Powell will present veterans with commemorative keys to the city.



"This is a very unprecedented event, not only for the city of Cedar Park but for most communities," Powell said during City Council's Dec. 4 meeting. "I really strongly encourage as many families as possible in Cedar Park to bring your children to this event."



According to a city statement, Cedar Park residents who served in World War II include Bill Dean, who served in the Army from 1943–45, and Francis McArdle, who joined the Navy at age 17. McArdle was aboard the U.S.S. Quincy when the heavy cruiser brought President Franklin Roosevelt to the 1945 Yalta Conference in Malta. Local veterans also include four women.



"I can remember seeing the news story when the final World War I veteran passed," Powell said. "Sometime during our generation, we'll have a similar sad news story about our final World War II veteran."



City leaders said Oct. 29 they hope the World War II ceremony could become an annual event.



MOST RECENT

As proposed Senate redistricting went under scrutiny, the state’s first congressional map, featuring two additional congressional districts, was released. (Community Impact Staff)
Senate hearings, congressional map released: Read the latest on redistricting in Texas

As proposed Senate redistricting went under scrutiny, the state’s first congressional map, featuring two additional congressional districts, was released.

The purchase represents the largest electric vehicles procurement in the nation's history, according to Capital Metro. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro moves forward with $255 million investment in electric buses

The investment will add 197 electric buses to the transit agency’s current fleet of 12 electric buses.

The budgets will take effect in October when the Capital Metro 2021-22 fiscal year begins. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Capital Metro board approves $650M in funding for upcoming fiscal year

The funding includes operating expenses, longer-term capital projects and a contribution to the organization overseeing Project Connect.

The price of child care tuition in some areas is comparable to tuition at a four-year university, according to the Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area. (Courtesy Primrose Schools)
Central Texas child care providers struggling even as economy recovers

The pandemic is exacerbating an already difficult staffing shortage issue in the area's child care industry.

A new development will be coming to east Kyle. (courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: East Kyle to see new development; Katy Boardwalk District announces updates, and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 27.

Dog Haus Biergarten restaurants sell hot dogs, sausages, burgers, craft beer and more. (Courtesy Dog Haus Biergarten)
Dog Haus Biergarten location coming to Cedar Park

Dog Haus Biergarten's menu includes hot dogs, sausages, burgers, craft beer and more.

Screenshot of Jeff Travillion speaking at a meeting
Travis County prepares for redistricting process

County commissioners will approve maps adjusting precincts to match 2020 census numbers by the end of November.

James Avery Artisan Jewelry sells women’s and men’s jewelry designed in Kerrville, Texas. (Courtesy James Avery Artisan Jewelry)
James Avery Artisan Jewelry relocates Cedar Park store

The new store location held a grand opening Sept. 18.

Kyle City Council voted 6-1 and approved the new citywide trail master plan that will utilize 2020 bond election funds for trails that will help connect Austin to San Antonio. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI Nation roundup: Perfect Game coming to Cedar Park; Kyle City Council approves trail master plan to connect Austin to San Antonio and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 24.