Grapevine to hold hometown hero parade this weekend for astronaut Wally Funk

Grapevine will hold a parade and celebration Aug. 7 in honor of Wally Funk, who participated in the first human flight of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. (Courtesy Blue Origin)
Grapevine will hold a parade and celebration Aug. 7 in honor of Wally Funk, who participated in the first human flight of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. (Courtesy Blue Origin)

Grapevine will hold a parade and celebration Aug. 7 in honor of Wally Funk, who participated in the first human flight of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin. (Courtesy Blue Origin)

Aerospace pioneer Wally Funk will be honored as a hometown hero by the city of Grapevine on Aug. 7 with a parade and community celebration, according to a city press release.

The parade will start at noon and will travel south on Main Street from Wall Street toward Dallas Street. It will culminate on Peace Plaza, at Grapevine Main Station, and will be followed by remarks from aviation leaders, Grapevine City Council, Mayor William D. Tate and Funk herself.


"It is a great day for Grapevine when one of our most treasured citizens participates in such a historic event. Wally Funk is a true trailblazer, and I and all of the residents of Grapevine are so proud of her as she propels not only herself but the entire world into the realm of commercial space travel,” Tate said in a press release.

Funk made history July 20 when, at the age of 82, she became the oldest person to travel to space onboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital space tourism rocket.

An accomplished pilot, Funk trained to become an astronaut in the 1960s as part of a group of women that later became known as the "Mercury 13." The program was later canceled without any of the women having the opportunity to become astronauts.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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