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Payne welcomes visitors to World War I tree

Dear Editor,
The year 2017 marks the centennial of the entry of the United States into World War I. During the year and a half that the United States participated in the war, 396 men and one woman from Johnson County, Tennessee served. Fifteen of these men did not survive the war.
A Christmas tree has been decorated in memory of these veterans from Johnson County at the Johnson County Welcome Center. A personalized blue star for each returning veterans hangs on the tree and a gold star for each man who served but did not live to come home. Accompanying the tree is a alphabetized list of all 397 veterans of World War I from Johnson County.
Please try to take time during the month of December to stop by the Welcome Center and visit this Christmas tree to remember those ancestors from our county who served so bravely.
This Christmas tree is a project of the Blue Ridge Mountains DAR Chapter.
Janet Rhea Payne
Blue Ridge Mountains DAR Chapter