Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The traditional Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Lewisburg's public square at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31.

"It's going to be a solemn ceremony because we are remembering our war dead," said American Legion Post No. 39 Commander Larry Hastings. "It will be a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about."

Hastings said the program includes the flag ceremony and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial by each of the veterans' organizations. Mary McDaniel will sing the National Anthem, and Hastings will be the speaker.

If the weather is bad, the event will be held in the Marshall County Community Theatre.

After the ceremony, all veterans are invited to lunch at the VFW Post 5109 on East Church Street.

Mary McDaniel will sing again at the potluck dinner Monday evening, hosted by the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. The dinner will be held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, starting at 6:30 p.m. Local attorney Lee Bussart Bowles will be the guest speaker.

Gov. Phil Bredesen honored Tennessee's fallen soldiers in a Memorial Day ceremony on Thursday at the newly renovated plaza of the Tennessee Tower in Nashville. Officials from the Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs, members of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard and members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve joined Bredesen to honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and to pay special tribute to the 19 Tennesseans who have died in combat since May 2009.