The traditional ringing of the plowshare will open the ceremony emceed by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland. It will mark the 95th time a member of the Miller family has struck the plowshare at the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month to signal the cessation of hostilities of World War I.
“I am always proud to have a part in this annual event that is steeped in local history and tradition,” Rowland said. “I always look forward to the annual presentation of the Raymond H. Miller Patriotic Award.”
Nomination forms for the Patriotic Award are still available at the Bradley County Veterans Affairs Office, Room 105 in the Bradley County Courthouse, according to nominating committee chair Mary Baier. The deadline is the close of business Nov. 6. 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.
Anyone may 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. They do not have to be a member of a veterans’ organization.
Baier said 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.
“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,” she said.
American flags and patriotic monuments — and the names of Bradley County veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and Iraq War which are engraved in gray slabs of granite — will frame the scene.