Veterans Day Ceremony in Downtown Murfreesboro

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Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess welcomes everyone and pays tribute to soldiers.
With temperatures in the upper 60s along with plenty of sunshine, a good crowd filled the Murfreesboro square for the Veterans Day Memorial Service (11/11/2016).
This was a day to honor soldiers.
A mom and son listen intently to the patriotic message.
Siblings feeling various levels of interest.
When a puppy wandered into a group of youngsters, a "rash of happiness" broke out.
The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Paul Gunn, Chaplain in the USAF Reserve.
The names of all soldiers from Rutherford County who died in service are being read by Johah Williams and Jordan Chandler with the Smyrna Civil Air Patrol.
This is the wreath that will be placed in front of the War Memorial Monument.
Placing the wreath on the War Memorial Monument.
City Councilman Rick LaLance represented Murfreesboro.
Colors were presented by the 626th Support Battalion at Ft. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division. Lit. Col. Erin Miller is the Battalion Commander.
The Rutherofrd County War Memorial monument is on the southeast side of the historic town square. It has listed on it all of Rutherford County's soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice from World War I through Dessert Storm.
This was Myra Simons fifth year to coordinate the Murfreesboro Veterans Day Memorial Service. Prior to Myra, the late Elsie Stem did this for 15-years.
Joe Crawford was the master of ceremony.
The retirement of colors was done by the 626th Support Battalion at Ft. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division.
The Oakland High School Chamber Choir direted by Matthew Clark.
(L-R) Emcee Joe Crawford and Lt. Col. David Druckenmiller, US Army chaplain, just finished the invocation.
Not only did the Veterans Day Tribute honor our military, but it was held where soldiers once fought to protect our land.
Paul Rayl, US Air Force, Vietnam, did the placing of the POW/MIA drape on the "empty chair".
Siegel High School Trumpeters play TAPS at the end of the program.
Siegel High School Trumpeters play TAPS at the end of the program.

The Veteran's Day ceremony around the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse celebrated its twentieth anniversary this Veterans Day, and WGNS celebrated its twentieth consecutive year of broadcasting this moving event.


It was the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2016--and you were there . . .


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