By RICK NORTON
In a community that takes to heart a message often driven home by Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Services Many-Bears Grinder, AMVETS veterans have honored both the living and the dead.In …
In a community that takes to heart a message often driven home by Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Services Many-Bears Grinder, AMVETS veterans have honored both the living and the dead.
In observance of the recent Veterans Day Weekend activities, the local AMVETS organization placed more than 400 American flags at the veterans section of Fort Hill Cemetery. In addition, the group also held a patriotic ceremony at Garden Plaza, an assisted living facility in Cleveland.
Daniel Koob, state commander of the Department of Tennessee AMVETS, said the organization continues its work to honor veterans and the sacrifices they have made for their country, as well as to honor the families, loved ones and descendants of those veterans.
Of the AMVETS' recent initiative to adorn the Fort Hill Veterans Cemetery with miniatures of Old Glory, Koob said it is more than a routine observance, it is an organization commitment.
"The call of duty to our country was answered by these veterans," Koob said. "The United States will always be a free country as long as there are Americans who are willing to sacrifice for our country."
On hand for some of the Fort Hill decorating ceremony was area resident Charlie Tyson, the son of Carl J. Tyson, a Vietnam veteran. Also on hand were Marilyn Nagel, Eric Koob and [State Commander] Koob.
"This is something we've always taken seriously, and something we are proud to do," Koob said. "From the placement of the American flags, to our salutes to these soldiers and their service to our country, this is an observance that is a part of Veterans Day."
He added, "These veterans deserve this observance, and it's one we're proud to make possible."
Of the ceremony at Garden Plaza, Koob pointed out the event was a shared venture with the Cleveland Elks Lodge.
"The Elks' motto is that as long as there are veterans, they will never be forgotten," Koob said. "Camouflage blankets and an American flag were presented to honor each of these veterans at Garden Plaza."
The Garden Plaza observance included several local residents, including Robert Walent, U.S. Air Force; Lowell Malliett, U.S. Navy; Tony Ducey, U.S. Air Force; Gloria Martin, U.S. Army; Don Ellis, U.S. Air Force; Jack Crisco, U.S. Navy; Wally Gilliam, U.S. Marine Corps.; and Koob, U.S. Navy.
Koob said he was honored to be a part of both events — the Fort Hill Veterans Cemetery decorations and the Garden Plaza observance — and pledged to keep AMVETS involved in these annual traditions.
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