Honoring Our Veterans

Members of ETSU’s U.S. Army ROTC program stand at attention during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus last Friday morning. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE
Veterans wave to the crowd during the second-annual Johnson City Veterans Day Parade, which was sponsored by the local American Legion post.

From the campus of East Tennessee State University to the grounds of Mountain Home, from the streets of Johnson City to schools throughout our region, veterans were honored at several events leading up to Monday’s official observance of Veterans Day.

Members of ETSU’s ROTC program prepare to lay a wreath at the university’s veterans memorial.

ETSU held its annual program last Friday morning at 11 a.m. State Senator Rusty Crowe and Maj. Gen. Leslie Purser offered remarks at the event before members of ETSU’s ROTC laid a wreath at the university’s veterans memorial. Students from University School and members of ETSU’s marching band performed music during the event.

George Gough, who served during World War II, was the grand marshal of Saturday’s parade.

Veterans were also honored at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center on Thursday, and VA leadership took part in the second-annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown Johnson City on Saturday morning. The event, which was organized by the local American Legion post, featured scout troops, authentic military vehicles and grand marshal George Gough, who served in World War II.

Monday brought a bevy of event in local schools, where veterans were honored during assemblies and special events.

A participant in last Saturday’s parade carries a photograph of a veteran with her along the route.

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