Nominations are being accepted at the Bradley County Veterans Affairs Office in the Bradley County Courthouse.
The recipient will be announced at the Veterans Day program Nov. 12. The somber, but inspiring ceremony is traditionally held in Johnston Park in downtown Cleveland.
Anyone can nominate a veteran for this high honor — whether that person is a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, a fellow member of a civic group, a retiree or local business leader. Nomination forms are available at the local Veterans Affairs Office in Room 105 of the Bradley County Courthouse between Broad and Ocoee streets.
Deadline for submitting completed nomination forms to the same office is Nov. 1. Veterans do not have to be a member of a veterans organization to be eligible.
Completed nomination forms must include basic information including name and address of the nominee, as well as educational background and related information. It should also provide a brief history of the individual’s military service.
Most Cleveland and Bradley County families still claim the distinction of having a military veteran somewhere in their midst — whether he, or she, is a parent, a grandparent, a great-grandparent, an uncle, an aunt or a distant cousin; and whether he, or she, served America in a time of war or peace.
Veterans are a proud and honored group that receive their due in community recognition, especially in our hometown where their sacrifices are not forgotten; yet, they deserve so very much more. In periods of war, their courage and valor protected their country and defended staunch American values like freedom, opportunity and unbridled worship.
In periods of peace, their commitment to cause and dedication to the globe’s leading democracy served as a beacon of pride and a signal of warning to all invaders whose oppression and aggressive ways would be met in a direct, deliberate and forthright manner.
Whether their fight came in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq or other regions of a volatile world, U.S. veterans have delivered this consistent message — freedom, and a people’s unalienable rights to co-exist, will be defended at all costs.