Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day in Wilson County and across America.
“This is a day for remembering those who have sacrificed their lives for our liberty,” said Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), coordinator of the local event at the Wilson County Courthouse.
He noted, “We celebrate this day to remember our ancestors, family members, loved ones, neighbors and friends who have paid the price for these blessings of freedom we enjoy.”
There are many things Americans, Wilson Countinians and those throughout the world can do to remember these fallen heroes. Some of these are flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon as Memorial Day is a day of mourning, by attending religious services, by visiting memorials and by attending the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Wilson County Courthouse, among many other ways.
The ceremony in Lebanon will begin at 9 a.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, as are all military veterans. The name of another Wilson Countinian has been added to the names on the monument to our war dead, the name of First Lt. William E. Emmert. His name will be unveiled during the ceremony. Guest speaker will be Col. William E. Wynns Jr. of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Wynns is a 26-year military veteran who has served in many positions including Director Human Resources, JFHQ-TN numerous field and unit positions, as well as duty in Afghanistan in 2007-2008. All Gold Star Mothers will be recognized and wreaths placed at the monument by the Commanders of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars who will be joined by the parents of Lt. Emmert and Gold Star Mothers.
Limited seating will be provided for those who require it. The ceremony will be closed by the playing of “Taps,” featuring Rob Enoch, a member of the Watertown High School Band.