American Legion Mark Twain Post 137 Observes Memorial Day With Service

The American Legion Mark Twain Post 137 honored Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 with a moving service at the Fentress Co. Courthouse.

The program opened with the posting of the Colors by the Post 137 Honor Guard, which was followed by the Pledge to the Flag, led by American Legion Mark Twain Post 137 Commander Glen Creselious and the National Anthem by the Kirby Family.

Following invocation by Post 137 Chaplain E.J. Hancock, a rather good crowd in attendance was welcomed by Post Commander Creselious, who recognized veterans and special guests.

Fentress County Veterans Service Officer Jeff Tinch then addressed the audience, reminding them that this day is not about being a holiday or about barbecue, but a day to remember those who went before us who paid the sacrifice so that we could have freedom today, and thanking those present for standing up for those who couldn’t be here.

The Kirby Family then sang “Statue of Liberty,” and “America,” followed by a presentation by Post 137 Financial Officer Frank Mullinix who gave an inspirational message, “They Still Speak to Us.”

In observance of 50 years since the Vietnam Conflict, the names of each of the Fentress Countians who lost their life in Vietnam were announced, family members or friends were invited to speak, with family and friends coming forward to speak for Bobby Brown, George Ronnie Crabtree, and William Orel Vaughn.

Following these comments, wreaths were placed on each of the four memorial markers in front of the courthouse.The program concluded with a 21-gun salute by the Post 137 Honor Guard, followed by TAPS by Cheryl Crabtree, and closing prayer by Post 137 Chaplain E.J. Hancock.

It was a very moving service to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country to preserve our freedom, and those who continue to serve.