BEAN STATION – Veterans were celebrated with ceremonies in Bean Station and Rutledge Thursday, November 11.
The Town of Bean Station dedicated an addition to its War and Service Memorial, which added the names of 160 veterans. A welcome was provided by Mayor Ben Waller. The names were read by Gail Rich and Michelle Vaulton. The National Anthem was performed by Charlotte Couch-Singleton. Alderman and Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Douglas performed the wall dedication. The invocation was provided by Pastor Marty Shelton. Grainger High School (GHS) JROTC performed the Pledge of Allegiance, posting of the colors and POW and flag folding ceremonies. Morristown VFW 5266 performed a 21-gun salute and Taps. Sierra Brown performed Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.
In Rutledge, Grainger County Veterans Service Officer Mike Prowell opened the ceremony by recognizing the courage and sacrifice of those who have served. Prowell had all veterans stand in recognition. Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd provided a welcome. Heather Stratton performed the National Anthem. GHS JROTC posted the colors, performed POW and flag folding ceremonies. Morristown VFW post 5266 performed a 21-gun salute and Taps. Following the ceremony, hot dogs and drinks were provided to veterans and their families by Grainger County Farm Bureau and Blaine Food City.
Anyone who would like more information about veterans services and how to receive benefits can contact Prowell at (865) 828-3423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.