Honor Above Fog

A large number of local veterans, including several members of the American Legion Post, attended the special program held at York Institute on Friday, September 14 to honor Medal of Honor recipients.

A large number of local veterans, including several members of the American Legion Post, attended the special program held at York Institute on Friday, September 14 to honor Medal of Honor recipients.

YORK INSTITUTE-Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients were scheduled to visit the YAI campus Friday, September 12, 2014.  The Huey helicopter that was carrying them was turned back due to dense fog.  The event still proceeded as planned, with minor adjustments.

The civilian guests included Sgt. Alvin C. York’s children Betsy Ross York Lowery, Andrew Jackson York, George Edward York and other descendants of Sgt. York.  Chief Operations Officer Mike Herman and State Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathy Airheart from the TN Dept. of Education were also in attendance.

The event was open to the community and several arrived to share the experience.

Students from Allardt Elementary and Pine Haven Elementary, as well as JROTC cadets from Clarkrange High School, Warren County High School and Southwest Pulaski County, KY also attended.

Military guests included Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Smith, Cpt. Gene Palmer, the American Legion and several members of the military who are still on active duty.  The guests of honor were Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients 1st Lt. Jack Jacobs of the US Army and Lt. Thomas Norris of the US Navy.

Prior to the ceremony, special guests gathered for a reception held in the YAI Guidance Office.  There they greeted each other over refreshments provided by members of the YAI Faculty.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.