Attention will turn Monday to honoring those who have served to protect the United States.
Bradley County will once again pay this honor with a Veterans Day program at the Bradley County Courthouse Plaza.
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Donald Edmands Jr. will be this year’s featured speaker.
Edmands enlisted in the Air Force in 1967. He completed his bachelor of science in business at University of Tennessee. He went on to also complete Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
He graduated from the ANG Academy of Military Science in 1973. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air National Guard.
According to his biography, Edmands has commanded communication and computer systems squadrons. He also served in a number of administrative and communication roles.
The veteran has been the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation medal, Joint Service Achievement Meda, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak clusters and many National Guard medals and ribbons.
The day’s festivities wil begin at 11 a.m. with the “ringing of the plow share,” by Eddie Cartwright. The event will mark the 90th year that a member of the Cartwright family has struck the plowshare, according to program chairman Steve Stewart.
Patriotic songs are scheduled to be performed by the Lee University Wind Ensemble.
A highlight of the annual event is the announcement of the yearly Raymond H. Miller Patriotic Award. The award will be presented by Mary Baier.
“The award is presented to a Bradley County veteran who not only serves his country, but also his community,” Stewart said.
The Chattanooga Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets will serve as color guard. Bradley County Veterans Firing Squad will offer a 21-gun salute with military rifles.
In case of inclement weather, Stewart said the program will be held at the VFW 2598 Post home on North Ocoee St.
Also during the ceremony, Larry McDaris will give an update on the progress of the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home.
Various Bradley County Veterans organizations sponsor the annual event.