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



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.

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.

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.