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Johnson County pauses to remember our fallen heroes

By Lacy Hilliard
The sidewalks of Main Street in Mountain City lined with the red, white, and blue and the smell of barbeque wafting through the warm breeze is an annual sign of the approaching summer. Memorial Day weekend is a time of togetherness and remembrance as citizens across the country take a moment out of often hectic schedules to remember those that have fallen in the name of freedom.
Military and war veterans as well as families of servicemen and women gathered together at the Ralph Stout Park pavilion on Monday, May 27 to honor the fallen. Many special guests were present at the ceremony such as guest speaker Thomas M. Reeves, a retired U.S. Army Colonel. Reeves shared with the crowd his personal account as a pilot in the Vietnam War. He spoke of misconceptions about the war in Vietnam stating, “The men of the armed forced fought with honor in Vietnam. The liberal media didn’t just hide the truth. They flat out lied.” Colonel Reeves went on to thank our armed forces for their service and paid respect to all those that lost their lives in battle as well as to the loved ones of fallen service men and women.
City Mayor Lawrence Keeble also spoke at the event as well as County Mayor Larry Potter and Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill. Each professed a profound appreciation for the men and women of the armed forces. Mayor Keeble added that few WWI and WWII Veterans remain and he reiterated the importance of thanking them for their service. He ended his speech by saying, “Although I disagree with some of what our government does, this is still the greatest country that ever was.”
Nancy Davis, Kerry Gentry, Lindsey DeBord and Shaun Small performed various patriotic songs and tributes throughout the ceremony. WMCT Radio and Billy Gambill Entertainment provided live coverage of the event for all those that could not be in attendance.
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