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  • On June 21, three of country music’s most recognizable names will take the stage at Lucas Oil Live for a night of unforgettable performances. Don’t miss your chance to see Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy and Tracy Byrd live at WinStar.
  • Graduate Tammy shares her future story collage Hope. It was a word repeated over and over as Getting Ahead Fannin County celebrated the graduation of their spring 2024 class. Ten participants, known as investigators, completed an eye-opening 16-week workshop for people who lack resources and were recognized for their accomplishments during the ceremony held on Sunday, June 9. Are you tired of just getting by and looking for hope? Getting Ahead Fannin County is currently accepting applications for their 2024 fall session.
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden during Independence Day Family Fun Weekend presented by Primrose Schools in Dallas-Fort Worth. Independence Day Family Fun Weekend features several exciting events including a special glove encounter with Window to the Wild, live music, a petting zoo, an exhibit where guests will learn about the history of floral fashion or spend time relaxing in one of 150 colorful hammocks placed throughout the Pecan Grove.
  • Today, arts adventure and entertainment company Meow Wolf Grapevine announced its inaugural Birthdaze Palooza, commemorating one year of unreality since its opening on July 14. The infinite block party within The Real Unreal will take place July 11–14 and will feature events, activities, and c҉3҉l҉3҉b҉r҉8҉s҉h҉u҉n҉, reveling in a historic first year in Texas.
  • Upper Trinity Regional Water District has initiated work at the site of a future balancing reservoir for the Lake Ralph Hall project. This two-sided reservoir will be located 27 miles from the lake along the pipeline. It will sit at the highest point of the pipeline route, to separate the first section of pipe that pumps water uphill and the second section that uses gravity to carry the water downhill the remaining four miles to the Chapman Lake pipeline, an existing part of Upper Trinity’s system.
  • 1925 – birth of Audie Murphy, American lieutenant and actor, Medal of Honor recipient. Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was an American soldier, actor, and songwriter. He was widely celebrated as the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II, and has been described as the most highly decorated soldier in U.S. history. He received every military combat award for valor available from the United States Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor that he demonstrated at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off a company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, before leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. Murphy was born into a large family of sharecroppers in Hunt County, Texas. After his father abandoned them, his mother died when he was a teenager. Murphy left school in fifth grade to pick cotton and find other work to help support his family; his skill with a hunting rifle helped feed his family. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Murphy's older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birthdate in order to meet the minimum age requirement for enlisting in the military. Turned down initially for being underweight by the Army, Navy, and the Marine Corps, he eventually was able to enlist in the Army. He first saw action in the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily; then in 1944 he participated in the Battle of Anzio, the liberation of Rome, and the invasion of southern France. Murphy fought at Montélimar and led his men on a successful assault at L'Omet quarry near Cleurie in northeastern France in October. Despite suffering from multiple illnesses and wounds throughout his service, Murphy became one of the most praised and decorated soldiers of World War II. He is credited with killing 241 enemy soldiers. After the war, Murphy embarked on a 21-year acting career. He played himself in the 1955 autobiographical film To Hell and Back, based on his 1949 memoirs of the same name, but most of his roles were in Westerns. He made guest appearances on celebrity television shows and starred in the series Whispering Smith. Murphy was a fairly accomplished songwriter. He bred quarter horses in California and Arizona, and became a regular participant in horse racing. Because Murphy had what would today be described as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), then known as "battle fatigue", he slept with a loaded handgun under his pillow. He looked for solace in addictive sleeping pills. In his last few years, he was plagued by money problems but refused offers to appear in alcohol and cigarette commercials because he did not want to set a bad example. Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971, shortly before his 46th birthday. He was interred with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, where his grave is one of the most visited.