With Veterans Day a little over a week away on Nov. 11, plenty events in the area are gearing up and making plans to honor veterans on the holiday and on days leading up to the holiday.
For the fourth consecutive year the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club will recognize Veterans Day at their meeting Nov. 7 beginning at 6:45 a.m. at the Lebanon Golf and Country Club at 1300 Coles Ferry Pike. The club is set to honor all local military veterans and their families and encourages all veterans, their spouses and children, as well as Gold Star Mothers to attend the free event.
A program is scheduled following the breakfast.
The program’s featured speaker is Col. Sherry F. Hemby, United States Air Force, Commander of the 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA.
Gordon Bone, program chairman, said the annual event is held to “demonstrate a sense of appreciation for the service and sacrifices men and women have made for our country.”
“We are hoping to get the word out to every veteran and family member in and around Wilson County. The past three events have been very successful, and we want this one to be as well,” Bone stated.
Previously, the event has seen veterans of conflicts in the Middle East, those deployed to Korea and even World War II veterans.
The club requests that those wishing to attend RSVP before Nov. 7 by calling 615-453-0211 or 615-453-9912.
On Nov. 8 Liberty State Bank will host its annual Veterans Breakfast in the East West Building at the Ward Ag Center beginning at 8 a.m. The breakfast will be buffet style. To RSVP by Nov. 1, call 615-449-4441.
Wilson County will also host its Veterans Day ceremony and parade on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in Lebanon.
America Legion Post 15 and the city of Lebanon co-sponsor this event.
Activities for the event for Wilson County and the surrounding communities is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of S. Hatton Avenue and W. Main Street, where the annual parade will begin.
The path of the parade will trek to the square and then continue up E. Main Street to the Wilson County Courthouse, where a Veterans Day American Legion ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. The ceremony is slated to conclude at noon with a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
Restored and preserved military vehicles, grand marshals, Gold Star Mothers, color guards, bands, veterans organizations, JROTC units, emergency providers and equipment, active services and others will move through W. Main Street, around the square and E. Main Street in front of crowds lining the parade route.
Grand marshals for the parade this year are Army Capt. H. Bert Coble and Pvt. 1st Class Paul Curtis. Both are World War II veterans. Curtis was a prisoner of war, and Coble was also a combat veteran in the Korean War and former tank commander.
Coble will be the principle speaker at the ceremony. He is a noted lifelong educator serving as music director and professor at Cumberland University, and founded and toured with an international and national choral group.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the new Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum.