A Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 15 was held Monday morning at the Wilson County Courthouse. Many veterans and current military members were in attendance, as well as civilians. The ceremony was held to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The ceremony began with Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Henderson then introduced Rev. Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, who led the invocation for the ceremony.
After the invocation, Watertown high school’s concert choir led those in attendance in the National Anthem followed by Don W. Fox, commander, leading in the Pledge of Allegiance as the flag flew at half-mast.
Sgt. 1st Class Jack Cato, a Korean War Veteran, spoke at the ceremony recounting his experiences during the Korean War. Cato told stories of his service and read letters that he had written while serving in Korea. Cato served in Company B, 151 Combat Engineer Battalion beginning when he was drafted in 1951. During his service, Cato’s battalion cleared more than 1,700 mines.
He was discharged March 13, 1953.
The ceremony ended with the playing of ‘Taps’ to honor fallen veterans including Lt. Josh Hovies, a 26-year-old Lebanon native who died in Korea while training for the USAF Special Forces Corps.