Memorial Day, May 26 this year, is a day set aside to celebrate and honor United States men and women who have died serving their country in the military. For many Americans, including those of Lebanon, Wilson County. This day marks the start of summer. Learning institutions are usually closed on this day. “We will have an outstanding service honoring our military dead and recognizing all military personnel now and in the past for service to our great country,” noted Lt. Col. Jim D. Henderson (USAF ret.), event Director and Emcee. This year Shyrell Herrera, the daughter of one of the 24 persons presented this country’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, will be the principal speaker to talk about her dad, a real hero of the Viet Nam War. The event begins at the monument in front of the Wilson County Courthouse on East Main Street, at 9 A.M.
Sponsored by American Legion Post, the City of Lebanon and Wilson County, the ceremony will honor and identify all veterans by service branch with branch flags to be raised in the adjacent Veterans Park. This park, which will be partially completed by Memorial Day, will also feature tours of the sections of the park which are completed, estimated to be 80-90% of the project.
Gold Star Mothers will be honored for their contributions to our country and every name on the monument, which is slated to be moved into the new park later, will be read aloud and remember.
The event concludes with the posting of the wreath at the foot of the monument by Wilson County commanders and/or designees of all veterans’ organizations including the American legion and auxiliaries, DAV, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America Post 1005. A 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps. “Get your family together, invite a neighbor and honor those who have given their all to keep this country free,” concluded Col Henderson.