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Journey Home Project to recognize veterans for Memorial Day weekend

Staff Reports • Updated May 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Mt. Juliet resident and country music legend Charlie Daniels, will support his community for a tribute to the nation’s flag in remembrance of Memorial Day. 

Volunteers will fill a 1-acre site with American flags to honor those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice for the country by filling the lot with red, white and blue at the corner of E. Division Street and N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet. 

The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit organization that assists other nonprofits in securing money, is a sponsor of the event.

The flag display will be available for viewing starting with the opening ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. and will remain on display 24 hours a day until Monday at the closing ceremony. The event is free and open to the public daily who can attend with family and friends to walk among the flags and experience the spirit of America. Cameras are welcomed, as are mementos to hang on sponsored flags.

“The Journey Home Project continues to support our community and returning veterans,” said David Corlew, co-founder of the Journey Home Project. “Our involvement with this great event is another example of our dedication to strengthening the public’s awareness for returning veterans. We are always in support of our active-duty soldiers, veterans, and fallen heroes.”

The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by Daniels and fellow board members Corlew, Ed Hardy, and Joe and Mercedez Longever to raise and contribute funds and resources to those organizations that do the most good in making a difference in the lives of American patriots. As a result of funds raised through Daniels’ 40th anniversary Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena on Aug. 12, the Journey Home Project has been able to donate funds to help with the completion of a state-of-the-art Veterans and Military Families Center on campus at Middle Tennessee State University, among various other fundraising events for veterans. This year’s Volunteer Jam on Nov. 30 will bring Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, Travis Tritt and more to the Bridgestone Arena stage to celebrate Daniels’ 80th birthday. 

Join the Journey Home Project, the Exchange Club of West Wilson County and the American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 in honoring our men and women who are serving or have served in the military branches of the United States by sponsoring a flag. Flag sponsors will have the option of honoring a specific former or present member of the military or a POW/MIA. Flags with such an honoree will bear an identifying label and a yellow ribbon. Visit healingfield.org or call 615-289-7623 to sponsor a flag in advance. Flags are $30 each, and there are higher levels of sponsorships available for individuals or a business, church or organization.

The patriotic presentation is sponsored by the Exchange Club of West Wilson County and the American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 of Mt. Juliet who will use proceeds of this event to raise awareness and funds for many on-going charitable organizations.

For more information on how to get involved, visit healingfield.org. For more on the Journey Home Project or to donate, visit thejourneyhomeproject.org.

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