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American Legion plans event to honor Vietnam Vets

Staff Reports • Apr 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The Tyler Cates Post of the American Legion in Mt. Juliet will hold a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Charlie Daniels Park.

“Several years ago, Congress established the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29 of each year,” said Will Sellers with the post. “Last fall, a number of members of [our] post started asking questions about who was having any type of ceremony to recognize this day. Several of our members asked Charlie Daniels if he would participate, and he said he would check his calendar.”

At the time, April 9 was open for Daniels to participate. Since then, he has scheduled a concert for that day, but won’t stop the post from holding three hours of activity.

The post has put together a full agenda that includes music by the Army National Guard Band; Congresswoman Diane Black will speak, and her husband, Dr. David Black, will be the keynote speaker. Black is a retired Marine Vietnam veteran. In addition, state Sen. Mae Beavers, Rep. Susan Lynn and Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty will speak, as well. A ringing of the bell for all prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action will also take place.

In addition, there will be numerous pieces of military equipment on display and an array of vendors.

For more information, contact Keith Rowell at 615-337-0005 or krowell63@gmail.com.

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