Veterans Remembered in Local Ceremony

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Maria Komisky of Franklin Road Baptist sings the National Anthem.
Sunny skies and temps in the low 70s filled the east side of the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse for the Veterans Day Commemoration Service.
Dan Alcorn, retired USMC, served as the emcee.
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland
Keynote speaker Tim Lee talks with another veteran.
Battle of the Bulge/POW veteran Fayne Haynes.
The 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony on the Murfreesboro square was flag waving in both music and words.
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess
Evangelist Tim Lee, USMC retired, had people flag waving and applauding.
(L-R) Maria Komisky and Myra Simons
Preston McKinney, US Army, Persian Gulf War, tells about the POW-MIA Resolution.
Michael Gifford, US Army, Vietnam, drapes the empty chair in memory of the POW-MIAs.
Frank Hayes, WWII disabled, carries Purple Heart flag.
Charles Griffith carries American Legion flag.
Fayne Haynes, Army, WWII, POW carries the POW-MIA flag.
John Calfee, Jr., Navy, Vietnam, carried the Vietnam War Commemoration flag.
Riverdale High School's JROTC under the leadership of Col. Michael Schwartz handled the Colors.
Wreath Placement at the War Memorial monument.

On Tuesday morning (11/11/2015), as the 1860 bell in the Rutherford County courthouse cupola started to chime eleven times, a reverent silence fell over the Murfreesboro town square. The Siegel High School band stirred hearts with patriotic music and then retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Dan Alcorn stepped to the microphone and served as master of ceremonies.

This was not your politically correct tribute, when Tim Lee spoke, he encouraged everyone to thank veterans who have served our great country.

He also noted that he was not against persons coming to America from other countries . . .

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The Marine told how he lost both legs when he came across a mine in Vietnam. He said there are groups who hate America, and gave those attending the Veterans Day commemoration warning not to sit idle and be politically correct . . .

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Lee encouraged the public to take a stand by voting and take a stand by supporting your beliefs.

The hour came to a moving close with what is sometimes called "Silver TAPS" or "Echo TAPS", when one bugler plays one verse and then another at a distance, overlaps the first in a solemn and beautiful manner. The tribute closed with the same reverence as it began.

Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess thanked Myra Simons for directing the Murfreesboro Veterans Day ceremony for the past four years. He also remembered the late Elsie Stem who did a superb job for 15-years.

NewsRadio WGNS has had the honor of broadcasting each of the 19 events from the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse each year.

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If you missed the Veteran's Day ceremony on the lawn of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse, you can listen here...

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