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Vantrease guest speaker at Memorial Day Ceremony in Lebanon

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 Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson  Flight Officer Leon Vantrease Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day throughout the free world.  “All gave some, some gave all. Freedom isn’t free!” “These are familiar words and phrases especially at this time of year,” said retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson, coordinator of a Memorial Day event to be held at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon.These phrases are certainly true as more than 42 million-plus men and women have served their country in time of war, conflict and peace. More than a million have given their lives to secure the blessings of liberty, including over 5,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom and many of these from the county are listed on the monument at the courthouse, he said.The local ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday at that monument. “All veterans and all who love and appreciate our defenders of freedom are urged to attend,” Henderson said. “Gold Star Mothers who survive their hero sons and daughters will be introduced and all veterans present will be recognized.”  The guest speaker will be World War II Flight Officer Leon Vantrease of Lebanon. He was a Navigator on B26 Bombers and flew 19 combat missions over Europe, including the beaches of D Day.“Wreaths to our war dead will be placed at the monument by commanders of local veterans organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled Veterans Association. The ceremony will end with the playing of ‘Taps’ by Larry Squires, an accomplished trumpeter,” Henderson added.Seating at the ceremony will be provided for those who require it. Everyone is welcome and urged to attend.
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