Saturday's Veterans Tribute at the VA was a huge success!

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The Air National Guard's BAND OF THE SOUTH kept toes tapping during the first segment of Saturday's (11/12/2016) event.
A health emergency with one of the parade participants delayed the start of the parade by a few minutes. RCEMS (Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services) was called, since the person did not have a military background and could not be helped by the doctors in the VA hospital that is on the campus.
And the parade stepped off, lead by the VA Police, followed by the colors carried by the award-winning Rutherford County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Uniformed Guard.
Ellaville, Georgia farmer Robert Storey was one of the two Grand Marshals. He joined the Army in 1951 and served as a combat veteran with one tour of dury in Korea and three in Vietnam. He retired from Ft. Campbell in 1974 with the rank of sergeant.
Carolyn A. "Cat" Taylor was the other Grand Marshal. She served in the US Marine Corps for four-years, starting in 1970. She was stationed in Arlington, Virginia, and was responsible for running two data processing installations. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis.
The marching section of the Air National Guard's BAND OF THE SOUTH played classic military marches during the parade.
Junior ROTC cadets from Blackman, Siegel, Riverdale, Stewarts Creek, La Vergne and Eagleville high schools were a part of the 2016 Veterans Parade at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center.
The Rutherford County Fire & Rescue Department was a part of the Veterans Parade.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Nashville's Al Menah Shriners were in the parade
Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) provides a wide range of supportive services for Veterans and their families throughout Tennessee – all at no cost to them. Our Veteran Service Center (VSC) is the only one in Tennessee recognized by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, our close partnership with the VA ensures veterans receive all the benefits and services to which they are entitled.
The BAND OF THE SOUTH transferred its energy from the bandstand to the audience, and one-by-one, several broke into dancing.
The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association presented colors at the beginning of the program.
There were information tents around the campus with staff who could help veterans and their families with various issues.
The Air National Guard's BAND OF THE SOUTH got many people out dancing.
The newly appointed Director of he Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Jennifer Vedral-Baron welcomed the audience who lined the sidewalks and tents in from of the administrative building on the beautiful campus.
The Al Menah Shriner's Clowns were popular.
U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, offering brotherhood to those who have served in the military.
This is a 1985 Sutphen fire engine, and is dedicated to all who lost their life on September 11, 2001. Engine 9-11 is also used to escort those who have serve our country to their final resting place. It is a part of the PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS.
The Nashville Corvette Club rolled through the parade.
Scout groups as well as members of the Daughter of the American Revolution organizations were a part of Saturday's (11/12/2016) Veterans Parade in Murfreesboro.
This is Girl Scout troop 588's entry. It was the winner of the GRAND MARSHAL AWARD for best fitting the parade's theme: "A Grateful Nation Salutes Vietnam Veterans". Their float depicts the Vietnam War Memorial. The original is in Washington, DC.
Oakland Middle School baseball was a part of the tribute to veterans.
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible.
This is a 4-door 1955 Ford Custom coupe. The 4-door was not seen much, since the 2-door was more popular--more sporty looking.
Is that Barnie in this 1951 Ford Custom 4-door coupe?
Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk Melissa Harrell and County Director of Probation and Recovery Trey King.

THANK YOU Veterans

Veterans tributes continued on Saturday (11/12/2016) at the campus of the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center. It was sunny and temps were around 55 when the Air National Guard's Band of the South got the music flowing at 10:00 o'clock, followed by a series of talks and the third annual Veterans Parade. WGNS' Bart Walker served the third time as the emcee.

The newly appointed Director of he Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Jennifer Vedral-Baron welcomed the audience who lined the sidewalks and tents in from of the administrative building on the beautiful campus.

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Keynote Speaker

Then Colonel James "Bull" Bachman was the keynote speaker. This 30-year career veteran served two combat tours in Vietnam, assigned to the Pentagon, and 12-years in the Federal Republic of Germany. He has retired to Hendersonville, where his wife of 54-years was just elected to the school board.

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Jim is involved with several local military service organizations, and is the chairman of the Tennessee VFW Homeless Veteran and POW/MIA programs.

The award winning Rutherford County EMS Uniformed Guard marhed the Veterans Parade across the viewing area.

Grand Marshals

Ellaville, Georgia farmer Robert Storey was one of the two Grand Marshals. He joined the Army in 1951 and served as a combat veteran with one tour of dury in Korea and three in Vietnam. He retired from Ft. Campbell in 1974 with the rank of sergeant.

Carolyn A. "Cat" Taylor was the other Grand Marshal. She served in the US Marine Corps for four-years, starting in 1970. She was stationed in Arlington, Virginia, and was responsible for running two data processing installations. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis.

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