Gonzalez to deliver keynote at veterans program

Courthouse Plaza to host ceremony

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/8/19

The 2019 Veterans Day program is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday on the front steps of the Bradley County Courthouse.Keeping with tradition, the featured event will be the announcement of this year's …

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Gonzalez to deliver keynote at veterans program

Courthouse Plaza to host ceremony

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The 2019 Veterans Day program is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday on the front steps of the Bradley County Courthouse.

Keeping with tradition, the featured event will be the announcement of this year's Raymond H. Miller Veteran of the Year Award. There will be some sadness with this year's presentation, since last year's recipient, Clarence David "Cid" Heidel, passed away recently from extended illnesses.

The Veteran of the Year, like the 40 previous honorees, will be recognized for support, assistance and service to veterans, and veteran organizations in the community. 

The annual program returned to the courthouse last year, after the 2017 event was held at Cleveland's 1st Street Square due to the courthouse fire and ongoing renovations.

The speaker this year will be Pedro Gonzalez, a U.S. veteran who doubles as the Veteran Day coordinator for the Cleveland and Bradley County community.

Monday's program will include a number of other individuals, and participating groups.

Also on the program are expected to be the  Bradley County Veterans Funeral Honor Guard, the Cleveland High School band, the annual Ringing of the Plow Share, and the Quilts of Valor presentation.

Those planning to attend Monday's recognition to veterans are urged to bring along a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the American Legion Post 81 home.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 will once again provide lunch following Monday's program at the post home.

Members of the auxiliary will be on hand to distribute poppies at the courthouse. Proceeds will be used for auxiliary projects, in memory of veterans of all wars.

The auxiliary's president, Janet Allen, and Mary Baier, chair of the  Raymond H. Miller Award Committee, pointed out that this is the 100th anniversary of the poppies distribution, which began at the end of World War I. Auxiliary members will also be available with poppies Saturday afternoon at the Tractor Supply location on Keith Street. 

Among the veteran organizations participating in this celebration each year are the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25, AmVets Post 13, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 596, Chef DeGare Voiture 40/8, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81, VFW Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Revolution. 

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