Veterans Day Events Well Attended


Veterans attending Veterans Day ceremony at the York Historic site in Pall Mall, TN.

Two separate Veterans Day events were held on Tuesday, November 11, both of which were very well attended.

The Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held at the traditional time of 11 a.m. at the York Historic Site in Pall Mall, which was as usual had a very big turnout of veterans and their families.

Deborah York, Executive Director of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation welcomed those attending and introduced Gerald York, COL (Ret) USA, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.

Following posting of Colors by the York Institute JROTC, dressed in their World War I uniforms, David Delk, Park Manager, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem by Note Worthy Choir from York Institute, and invocation by Rev. McCray Holmes.

Note Worthy then presented a  patriotic musical salute to the various branches of service, followed by comments by 8th Judicial District Chancellor Andy Tillman.

Claudia Tillman then presented a beautiful rendition of “America,” after which David Oppenheim, Co-Chairman of the steering committee to establish a Veterans Cemetery in the Upper Cumberland area,  then gave an update on that project.

Following the keynote address by Reverend Paul Shields, Note Worthy performed a medley of more patriotic songs, closing remarks by Col. York, a 21-gun salute by the Hull/York Disabled American Veterans, and Taps by Cheryl Shirley after which the veterans then assembled for a group photo.

The second Veterans Day event was held Monday evening at the Alvin C. York Institute, with a crowd estimated at more than 350 attending.

This program was sponsored by York Institute and Jamestown American Legion Post 137 and included a spaghetti supper for veterans and their families.

The event began at 4:00 p.m. with veterans outreach service information provided by Ms. Sarah Tinch, Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits Representative; Mr. Don Smith, Assistant Commissioner, East Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, and Fentress County Veterans Service Officer Bill Phipps, and Fentress County Executive Frank Smith.

American Legion Post Chaplain Willie Wright gave the invocation at 5:00 p.m., followed by the spaghetti dinner until 6:15, when the packed house gathered in the YAI Auditorium to hear remarks from guest speakers Michael Detwiler, Field Representative for 6th District U.S. Representative to Congress Diane Black; Tennessee 12th District Senator Ken Yager; Tennessee 41st District Representative John Mark Windle; Tennessee 38th District Representative Kelly Keisling; and David Oppenheim, who addressed the group concerning the project to establish a veterans cemetery in the Upper Cumberland area.

Next, the YAI Choir and the JROTC Color Guard presented a stirring musical tribute to the Veterans, with narration written by Jacob Copeland and Ashlyn Waters, accompanied with a slide show presentation created by Jennie Patton.

YAI Superintendent Phil Brannon then closed the program by thanking all those who participated, with a special thanks to the veterans for their sacrifices to preserve our freedom.

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A portion of the group attending the Veterans Day ceremony at York Institute.