Chris Crowell, Liberty State Bank vice president, said the event welcomed the typical amount of veterans.
“We had a few more World War II guys and picked up some new people that moved into the community. We still had a lot of people that have been there since the first year and have come every year,” said Crowell, who said the group also remembered those veterans who have died in the past year.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan delivered the event’s keynote speech and praised the sacrifices made by veterans.
“They asked me to speak a few months ago, and it was a honor just to be able to stand there in front of all my heroes,” Bryan said.
Bryan’s speech highlighted the importance of taking care of veterans and other military personnel. He noted the similarities between law enforcement and the military, noting the two often cross paths.
“We’re protecting the country here at home and they’re protecting the county here and across the world. They both serve a vital role,” he said.
Bryan also discussed the general election and the consistent mentioning of military and veterans.
“I heard several times last night and during this nationwide election the words “veterans” and “military” and how they’re going to support them. They have to stand behind the promises they’ve made. They can’t just let it be an election year statement. They have to stand by them and do what they said they’re going to do,” he said.
The breakfast kicked off a week of Wilson County events that will honor military veterans.
Wilson County’s annual Veterans Day parade starts Friday at 9 a.m. The parade goes from South Hatton Avenue down West Main Street, through the Lebanon Square and ends at the Wilson County Veterans Park at the Wilson County Courthouse.
Retired Lt. Col. Jim Henderson said the parade would consist of Gold Star Mothers, grand marshal retired Lt. Gen. John Pickler as the guest speaker, high school bands, walking and trolley-riding veterans, military organizations and several other groups.
At the end of the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Veterans Park to honor Wilson County veterans.