The Erwin M. McQuiddy Post No. 39 of the American Legion in Lewisburg didn't have to go far to find an appropriate speaker for this year's Veterans Day Program on the east steps of the Marshall County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.
Thomas A "Drew" Davidson, recipient of the Purple Heart and a respected practicing attorney in Middle Tennessee, has offices on Lewisburg's public square and his front door faces he Courthouse lawn made hallowed ground by monuments to comrades in arms who did not return.
Post Commander Jack Keny, spokesman and organizer of Post 39's annual program, has announced that Davidson is the chief speaker for ceremonies starting at the traditional hour of 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in accordance with the original purpose of Veterans Day as explained on the editorial page of this edition of the Marshall County Tribune.
Davidson, a retired U.S. Army major, is among the more regular contributors to the editorial page's column for letters to the editor.
The 11 a.m. Tuesday program is the first of two scheduled for the day.
"The second is at 6:30 that evening in the Cumberland Presbyterian Life Center" just off Second Avenue North, Keny said. "We've been there several times in the past years. Barry White, president of the First farmers and Merchants Bank, will be the guest speaker in the evening. Kelsey Keny, daughter of Mike and Cheryl Keny and a student at Marshall County High School, will provide a special music program."
Special music during the mid-day program will be presented by members of the MCHS Chorus led by Elise Dumser, chorus director at MCHS and a music teacher at Lewisburg Elementary School, Keny said.
"Wreaths will be placed at the various war monuments by veterans, and taps will be played at the conclusion for the program," Keny said.