Sergeant York Centennial Ceremony Held In Pall Mall

Tennessee Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder (left) and State Senator Ken Yager (right) paid homage at the graveside of Sgt. Alvin C. York on Monday, October 8, 2018 in honor of the centennial of Sgt. York’s renowned actions during the Meuse-Argonne offensive on October 8, 1918.

By Jacob E. Rosenbaum

October 8th, 2018, one hundred years to the day on the anniversary of Sergeant Alvin C. York’s timeless act of heroism, a special ceremony was held in Pall Mall. The ceremony was one of a series of events that have been held this year in honor of the centennial of Sgt. York’s historic deeds.

Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Services Many-Bears Grinder, and State Senator Ken Yager were joined by a host of attendees to lay a patriotic wreath and deliver remarks in honor of Sgt. York and the legacy he left not just for the citizens of Fentress County, but for the world.

“We are gathered here today as part of a worldwide celebration of the heroism of Sgt. York,” said State Senator Ken Yager. “Sgt. York was hailed as the most important civilian soldier of World War I, and for good reason. But, not only did his exceptional actions in combat help win probably the most important offensive in the Great War,  his example as a citizen, Christian man, and patriot who cared deeply about his country, his God, and his community is a legacy that we all treasure to this day, and will treasure for centuries to come.

In addition to his heroism, we honor him for his commitment to making his community better.”

Senator Yager joined with Tennessee Commissioner of Veterans Services Many-Bears Grinder in placing a commemorative wreath at Sgt. York’s grave-site.

Read the rest of the story in this week’s Fentress Courier.