Several Memorial Day events upcoming in Wilson County

Staff Reports • Updated May 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Several community events are planned on and around Memorial Day in Wilson County. 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that was originally called Decoration Day and is a day of remembrance to honor the men and women who have died in service to the U.S. 

The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 and West Wilson County Exchange Club will play host to the fourth annual Field of Honor on Friday through Monday at the corner of Mt. Juliet Road and Division Street next to the train station in Mt. Juliet. Supporters may purchase a flag in honor of a service member of loved one at healingfield.org/mtjuliet16.

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. Cameras are welcomed, as are mementos to hang on sponsored flags.

A special veterans’ ceremony will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at the Wilson County Veterans Plaza in honor of Memorial Day. The event will feature former Marine and noted Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt as the featured speaker. Hunt holds a record of 1,500-plus career game wins, including three national championships. Hunt served as a corporal in the Maine Corps and spent time at Paris Island, S.C., Cuba and the Mediterranean Sea. 

The ceremony will feature a 21-gun salute, posting of colors and wreaths, recognition of veterans, Gold Star mothers and Blue Star families, and Taps will be played to close the ceremony. A number of veteran’s organizations in Wilson County, including American Legion posts 15, 179 and 281, VFW Post 5015, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004 and Gold Star Mothers will play host to the event. 

The American Legion Post 15, city of Lebanon and Wilson County sponsor the event.

Guests are invited to Cedar Creek Marina to enjoy the grounds and sample food from local food trucks Monday starting at 2 p.m. Country music group Little Texas will perform at 7:30 p.m. 

An open seating area will be free, and VIP ticket areas are available for $50. For more information, contact Joey Benson at 615-593-6726 or Heather Blanton at 615-584-1566.

The Lebanon VFW Post 5015 will hold the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 3 at 6 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. 

The annual flag retirement ceremony is to honor and pay tribute to veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services. 

Flags may be dropped off at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson County Veterans’ Office, Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop or contact [email protected] for more information. 

The public is invited to attend.

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