At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2013, the City of Tullahoma will pause to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to this nation’s way of life.
Mayor Lane Curlee and the Tullahoma Board of Aldermen invite veterans and the public to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony to be held Monday at the Tullahoma Events Center at 205 Northwest Atlantic St. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nauseef will be the featured speaker. Nauseef has had a distinguished career in the Air Force from 1963 to 1993, and he earned the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam and the Legion of Merit for his work as the deputy chief of staff, financial management and comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
“Few have given more to our nation than the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces in peace and in war,” said Nauseef.
Prior to serving as the deputy chief of staff, he worked with the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) as the director of program control for the F-16 Program Office. After his military career, he worked in the aerospace industry as a director and consultant.
Other participants will include Mayor Curlee, veteran Campbell Smoot and Ruby Luna, regent of the Tullahoma Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Other groups taking part in the program include American Legion Post No. 43, VFW Post No. 4188, Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 and Boy Scout Troop 402.
Patriotic music will be provided by select members of the Tullahoma High School Band, THS Aristocats and Lloyd Smith.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony begins precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I and the veterans of that war.
In 1954 the United States Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, changed the observance to Veterans Day to honor Americans of all wars.
Veterans Day Activities
East Middle School: Annual Veterans Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Monday in the gym. The school has extended a special invitation to all veterans, active duty military and their families as they honor those who have served and are serving today.
Robert E. Lee Elementary: Will present a Veterans Day Tribute at 2 p.m. on Monday. The fourth-graders will present a musical tribute to honor and thank everyone who has served in the United States Armed Forces. A special invitation is extended to all veterans to attend.
East Lincoln Elementary School: Will present a Veterans Day Tribute at 9 a.m. on Monday in the gym. A musical tribute by the fourth-graders will honor and thank those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Parents, friends and especially all veterans are invited to join the program.
Post 43 of the American Legion: Will hold a Veterans Day Tribute at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Legion post, located on North Atlantic Street downtown. Short meeting will be followed by hors d’oeuvres for members and their spouses.
West Middle School: Will hold a Veterans Day Tribute at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the gym. Veterans and their families are invited are asked to arrive by 8:45 a.m.