Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony is still slated for 1st St. Square

Posted 11/8/17

Veterans Day 2018 is only two days away, and Cleveland and Bradley County veterans and veteran organizations are looking to Saturday's 11 a.m. Veterans Day program.The keynote speaker for this year's …

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Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony is still slated for 1st St. Square


Saturday's program will also feature the traditional ringing of the plowshare by former Bradley County Executive and now Cleveland Utilities board member Eddie Cartwright.

This is a tradition handed down in Cartwright's family which began with the conclusion of World War I,  and is from the biblical reference to the laying down of armaments.

Replacing Rowland as master of ceremonies will be Brandi King, senior communications specialist with Whirlpool USA. The chaplain will be the Rev. Stan Gibson of Candies Creek Baptist Church, who will provide the invocation and benediction.

The Cleveland High School band will open the program with a patriotic medley, and provide other musical offerings. The band, under the direction of Jim Burton, has participated in the Veterans Day program for 52 years.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Chattanooga Division, will present and post the colors, and King will have opening remarks and recognize visiting dignitaries before Roe's speech.

The Bradley County Funeral Honor Guard will present a rifle salute, under the direction of veteran Roy Smith.

Veteran and auxiliary leaders who are expected to attend the program are Bradley County Veterans Service Officer Larry McDaris; Nay Rogers, commander of VFW Post 2598; Donnie Hancock, commander of American Legion Post 81; DAV Chapter 25 Commander Bill Gray; James Dean, president of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 596; AmVets Post 13 Commander Jim Johnson; Jim Clines Sr., president of the Sons of the American Revolution Chapter; Chef De Gare of Voiture 735 of the 40&8 Mike Dickey; Sons of the American Legion Chapter 81 Commander Maurice Suits; Tonia Leonard, president of VFW Post 2598 Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 President Janet Allen; Kim Koob, president of AmVets Post 13 Ladies Auxiliary; and Laura Boyd, regent of the Ocoee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In case of inclement weather, the Veterans Day program will be held at the American Legion Post 81 on James Asbury Drive in Northwest Cleveland, off Paul Huff Parkway.

Stewart urged everyone attending the program at 1st Street Square to bring a lawn chair. Portable restrooms will be available.

There have already been community programs saluting veterans as Veterans Day approached, and tribute programs are planned at Cleveland and Bradley County schools Thursday and Friday.

The American Legion's National Commander Denise Rodham was at Cleveland's Post 81 Tuesday.

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"I made the decision based on the comments of Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, that it will be a few months before the courthouse is available. Also, there was concern about whether or not the flags would be available, since they are stored in the courthouse, and there was a question about the availability of electricity." — Steve Stewart


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