Memorial Day Monday on the square

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Memorial Day marks the start of summer for many, but the holiday was established for a more solemn occasion: remembering those who have given their lives in service to the nation.

Residents are invited to the annual Memorial Day ceremony held at the Marshall County Courthouse on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m.

This year’s speaker will be Lt. Col. William Travis McKnight, son of retired Col. Larry and Diane McKnight of Lewisburg.

McKnight currently commands the 176th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Johnson City.

He enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1992 and completed Officer Candidate School in 1996.

Commissioned as a field artillery officer, McKnight has served in several command positions and has completed several military courses and schools.

He has deployed overseas for both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has received, among other awards, the Bronze Star Service Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals.

McKnight works full-time at Joint Forces Headquarters and coaches football part-time at Columbia Academy.

Married to Jaime for 19 years, he has two sons, Hunter and Cutler.

After the ceremony, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will be providing lunch at VFW Post 5109 on E. Church Street.

In case of rain, the ceremony will move indoors to the Dixie Theatre.