Veterans Day observance

Friday, November 10, 2017
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Beyer will serve as the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. on the square in Lewisburg.
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Some will be well over 90-years-old. Some will still be in their 20s.

They share one common experience, however, as veterans and they, along with family and friends and grateful residents, will gather on the square Saturday.

The Lewisburg posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will host the annual ceremony marking the observance of Veterans Day, beginning at 11 a.m.

The speaker this year is Lieutenant Colonel Andrew M. Beyer.

Beyer was commissioned in Army Aviation after his graduation from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1998.

He has served with airborne, air assault, and mechanized divisions during tours of Kosovo, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Currently, he is serving at Fort Rucker, Ala., as the division chief of Aviation Mission Command and Interoperability.

Beyer has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal with V device.

He also holds a Combat Action Badge, a Senior Aviator Badge, a Joint Staff Badge, and a Parachutists Badge.

He is the son of Marshall County Commissioner Tony Beyer, who also flew Army helicopters during the Vietnam War.

The VFW is hosting lunch for veterans and their families at the end of the ceremony.

The Town of Chapel Hill is hosting a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Chapel Hill.

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the cessation of hostilities during World War I at 11:11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.

It was made a legal holiday in 1938.

After World War II, the holiday was expanded to include all veterans.