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Ceremony honors Moore County’s WWI Doughboys

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

A member of the Tennessee Air National Guard presents a flag to Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart during the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project ceremony held on the Lynchburg square on Aug. 23. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

A member of the Tennessee Air National Guard presents a flag to Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart during the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project ceremony held on the Lynchburg square on Aug. 23. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

During a ceremony on the courthouse square Aug. 23, 77 Moore County WWI “Doughboys” who did not receive official Military Funeral Honors at the time of their passing, were presented honors by the Tennessee Army National Guard-Military Funeral Honors Program.

The Moore County High School band performed, there was the traditional presentation of colors and Am. Leg. Post 192 Commander Billy H. Thomas welcomed the crowd of close to 100 who gathered for the ceremony.

Prior to a congressional act in 2000, it was the responsibility of veteran service organizations such as American Legion, VFW or Marine Corps League to honor their brothers and sisters who served selflessly. Unfortunately, late legislation prevented official record of these memorials in the national archives.

The Tennessee Guard’s Never Forgotten Doughboys Project aims to honor and archive each of the 100,000 WWI veterans community by community over time. The source for these names is derived from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Through a Lynchburg community partnership under the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project, Moore County was the first community in Tennessee to have such a ceremony.

Read the complete story in the Sept. 5 print edition of The Moore County News. To subscribe to the print edition of the full online version, click here!

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