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Air Force veteran Mike Scott to speak at Memorial Day service

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

Air Force veteran Mike Scott (Photo Provided)

Air Force veteran Mike Scott (Photo Provided)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County’s 24th annual Memorial Day Service is set for Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the northwest side of the Metro Lynchburg Moore County Courthouse.

This year’s speaker will be Mike Scott, the Middle Tennessee Director of Veterans Affairs. Scott, who served in Iraq, is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

“We are very fortunate to have him with us,” said Billy H. Thomas, Commander, American Legion Post 192. “We invite everyone to join us on this special day to memorialize those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

The public is invited. While there is usually some seating available, it’s never a bad idea to bring a lawn chair. Along with Scott’s address, Monday’s program will also include a short introduction, as well as prayer and the National Anthem.

“Memorial Day is truly a special occasion. (It’s) the day we honor the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice while in service of this country,” said Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D (TN-04). “The liberties we enjoy today have been forged directly by the efforts of our valiant soldiers. It is because of their sacrifice, we are truly blessed to call our home ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’

“The debt we owe to these individuals is immeasurable.”

There are other Memorial Day activities planned throughout Middle Tennessee as well. The Boy Scouts of America plan statewide Memorial Day services, with a Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremony planned by Middle Tennessee Council.

Each year, the Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America invites Scouts and those families to join in placing an American flag on the grave of each soldier in the National Cemetery in Madison, Tenn.

Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venture Scouts will commemorate Memorial Day by placing American flags at the grave sites of American veterans this weekend at several locations. The National Cemetery in Madison will have nearly 1,500 Scouts and family members placing 35,000 flags, as well as a brief program honoring veterans prior to flag placement.

Events will also be held at:

—Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery (7,000 graves) in Murfreesboro at 10 a.m.

—Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (11,000 graves) in Pegram at 8 a.m.

—Elmwood and Memorial Cemeteries in Springfield at 7 a.m.

—Resthaven Cemetery in Clarksville at 7:30 a.m.

—Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville at 8 a.m.

The Middle Tennessee Council serves more than 21,000 youth and adult volunteers in a 37-county area extending from the Tennessee River to the Upper Cumberland Plateau and Ft Campbell, Kentucky. Visit <www.mtcbsa.org> for more information.

“On this Memorial Day, I want to thank all those who have worn the uniform of the United States military,” added DesJarlais. “And I offer my prayers for the safety of those who are still serving our country in harm’s way. It is because of their bravery and sense of duty that America continues to be a beacon of hope in an often uncertain world.”

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