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Colonel Jeff Geraghty

A tribute to veterans will be held Monday morning at South Jackson Civic Center followed by the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Tullahoma.

Featured keynote speaker at the 10:30 a.m. event will be Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Commander, U.S. Air Force Colonel Jeff Geraghty.

“Veterans and the public are invited to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on Monday, Nov. 11 at the South Jackson Civic Center at 404 South Jackson Street at 10:45 a.m.,” said Winston Brooks, Community Development Director. “At this time, the City of Tullahoma will pause to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to our nation’s security.”

Following the ceremony at South Jackson, those in attendance will head downtown at 12:30 p.m., where there will be a dedication and ribbon cutting for the Veterans Memorial Walk at History Park in Downtown Tullahoma.

“When you honor those who have served in defense of this country, you honor the best of what men and women can be,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “We are pleased to play host to this event for veterans and their families, and it is an honor to have our local military leaders participating in Tullahoma’s Veterans Day Ceremony.”

Colonel Jeff Geraghty, who will be featured, oversees the AEDC complex which employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 68 aerospace test facilities across eight states.

Patriotic music will be provided by select members of the Tullahoma High School Brass Ensemble, THS Singers, Lloyd Smith will perform the Armed Services medley and Jon Gray will sing Faithful Soldier.

Others taking part in the ceremony include Mayor Lane Curlee, Colonel Beverly Lee, Reverend Marty Nutter, American Legion Post No. 43, Marine Corps League Detachment 1128, Boy Scout Troop 402, Daughters of the American Revolution and the GFWC Woman’s Club. Complete details and schedule at Tullahomatn.gov.

Along with the city’s celebration, West Middle School will hold a special veteran’s event from 9 to 10 a.m., Monday and is inviting members of the community as well as veterans to attend for a speaker, music and reception. Report to the front office when you arrive.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.