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County Mayor pays tribute to American flag at MJ ceremony

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Sweltering temperatures did not keep the patriotic away from Sunday's closing ceremony of the Honoring America's Flag event in Mt. Juliet.

Hundreds showed up to listen to a medley of patriotic songs and hear Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto's speech honoring the flag.

For three days the field at the corner of East Division and North Mt. Juliet Road was covered with 500 flags in honor of those the men and women who served our country, or are currently serving. The Exchange Club of West Wilson County and the American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 sponsored the annual event.

On Friday people came to purchase a flag in tribute to a special person in their lives. They then "planted" their flag in the field. As the days passed, people would stop to admire the field of flying flags and many walked up and down the many rows and read the sentiments typed out on the honorees' tags.

Facebook and Twitter buzzed with pictures of the "awe inspiring" display from various angles, some even from the air.

"Beautiful sight in the heart of my home, Mt. Juliet," Mt. Juliet Commissioner Ray Justice said. "Makes me proud. Go by and get a flag. The people there are unbelievable nice."

Long time Mt. Juliet librarian Jenny Bess Hibbett made sure she came to see the field before it was dismantled.

"This is such an amazing display," she said. "This is true Mt. Juliet."

Others commented on the spectacular sight. "I love this tradition. Patriotic, heartfelt and a beautiful sight," Maura Ammenheuser said.

Hutto said the American flag is never off duty.

"Our nation seems to be a nation of flags," he said. "The Alamo had a flags, there are flags on our stamps. Our flag inspires people. It has such an affect as a power symbol and it represents our way of life. Our county honors the men and women who sacrificed and you remember them as you come here today."

Group Exit 219 sang "Grand Old Flag," and "America the Beautiful," among other patriotic songs.

Dozens of volunteers were on hand to lead the flag owners to their flag.

Exchange Club project chair Nancy Britt said they plan to present the even again last year. She said over 500 flags were sold. Proceeds of the flag purchases go to various local American Legion and Exchange Club-supported organizations.

Writer Laurie Everett can be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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