County honors veterans

RUTLEDGE – A county-wide Veterans Day ceremony was held at Grainger County Agricultural Pavilion Wednesday, November 11. 

Veterans Service Officer Mark Hammer said Veterans Day originally began as Armistice Day, a celebration of the unofficial end of World War I. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 in honor of all veterans. Hammer offered his services to veterans in the county. His office can be found at Grainger County Courthouse.

Staff Sergeant and Bean Station Alderman Eddie Douglas shared information about each group helping with the event and reminded guests to practice social distancing. He said there were two Armed Forces vehicles present at the event. Both vehicles were used in the

Vietnam War. 

Blaine resident Madeline Hurst sang the National Anthem and Rev. Shane Pierce led a prayer. Grainger High School (GHS) Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) presented a Prisoner of War (POW) flag over a chair in honor of those who remain unaccounted for from all wars of the United States. 

GHS JROTC cadets then folded an American flag and presented it to Grainger County Commissioner Wendy Noe, who spoke in place of Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd who could not attend the event due to illness. Noe expressed Grainger County’s pride in its veterans and appreciation for the sacrifices and services each veteran made. 

Morristown Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2566 presented a 21-gun salute and played Taps in honor of veterans. Hurst closed the event with the song “Let Freedom Ring.”