Traditional Veterans Day ceremonies anticipated

Friday, November 6, 2009

Traditional Veterans Day ceremonies are planned in Lewisburg for Wednesday and there's also a service planned in Chapel Hill, among other private services.

Ceremonies at the east steps of the Marshall County Courthouse on Lewisburg's public square will be at 11 a.m., in keeping with the tradition started with the signing of the armistice to end World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

The speaker on the square is to be Edwin Scott who served as a technician in the Signal Corps during World War II. He was a commander of the American Legion here for three years.

"I'm going to say a little bit about how Tennessee got to be the Volunteer State and about the names on those monuments down there on the square," said Scott, 88, of 1224 Cedar St.

The American Legion Post in Lewisburg coordinates the ceremonies and the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts a catfish lunch at its lodge on East Church Street after the program.

The American Legion is also planning a dinner on Tuesday evening when the speaker is to be one of the local organization's oldest members. Sid Smith, a retired colonel with 24 years in the Air Force, is speaking in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Family Life Center at 6:30 Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Meanwhile, veterans and civic leaders in Chapel Hill are planning a ceremony in the town's park on Horton Highway in downtown Chapel Hill.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the park where a veterans monument has been under development with seven rectangular stones: One for veterans and six for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

There's been a fundraising campaign to sell bricks with inscriptions to be displayed on a sidewalk leading to the monument. For more information please contact 931-364-7632.

Among church services before Veterans Day, there's to be one at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Community Tabernacle, 2340 Highway 64, Farmington.

"We will honor all veterans present," Pastor Orvil Nichols said. "Veterans will be singing and telling their stories. All veterans are invited."