Williams named grand marshal of parade
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, has been selected as the grand marshal of the 12th annual Burleson Lions Club's Independence Day Parade.
He is presently serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Williams represents most of Burleson and other areas of Johnson County and Congressional District 25.
The annual parade, presented by Babe's Chicken Dinner House, steps off from Kerr Middle School at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4. The parade will leave Kerr, proceed down Johnson Avenue and through Old Town Burleson.
In his capacity as grand marshal, Williams will lead the parade and help as Lions honor military heroes past and present, a press release reads. It is the second time in his tenure he has been the parade's grand marshal.
Williams has been a steady advocate for the military and veterans during his service in the House.
In February 2015, he authored a bill that would have honored Chris Kyle posthumously with the Medal of Honor for acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq and was a native of nearby Midlothian. He was murdered by a veteran he was attempting to help in February 2013.
Williams also played a significant role in naming the Burleson Post Office for Sgt. William Moody, who was killed in the line of duty in Bagram, Afghanistan, in June 2013. The post office was dedicated as the Sgt. William Moody Post Office in August 2014.
Williams also played an instrumental role in passing legislation that ensured the victims of the 2009 attack on Fort Hood received the Purple Heart and related benefits.
Williams is a TCU graduate and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves baseball team. After an injury ended that career, he then began operating a car dealership that remains in operation by his daughters.
Williams previously served for a time as Texas' secretary of state, an appointment he received from Gov. Rick Perry.
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