A century ago, an armistice agreement was signed in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bringing an end to World War I – also known as the Great War or “the war to end all wars.”
The war, which was waged all throughout Europe, lasted for four years, from July 28, 1914 to Nov. 11, 1918. An estimated 16 million people were killed during the conflict, including 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. It was the first war to be fought not only on land and sea, but also in the skies and underwater.
This year, the City of Tullahoma will celebrate the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day on Monday, Nov. 12, the official observance of Veterans Day.
The city will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 12 at South Jackson Civic Center, according to city officials.
This year’s featured speaker will be U.S. Air Force Col. and AEDC Commander Scott “Nova” Cain, officials said. This will be Cain’s second consecutive year as the featured speaker, as well as his second year at the helm of Arnold Air Force Base.
“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 host 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.”
According to city officials, just before 11 a.m. on Monday, the city will pause to honor American veterans and celebrate their contributions to the nation’s defense and security. The annual ceremony will feature patriotic music provided by a selection of the city’s musical talent, including the Tullahoma High School Brass Ensemble, the THS AristoCATS, Lloyd Smith and Jon Gray.
Also taking part in the ceremony will be Curlee, Alderman Jackie Duncan, American Legion Post No. 43, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4188, the Marine Corps Detachment 1128, Boy Scout Troop 402, the Tullahoma Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the GFWC Centennial Woman’s Club.
The Tullahoma event isn’t the only local observance of Veterans Day to draw local participation this year. The Tullahoma High School Marine Corps JROTC, along with the Civil Defense Club, will participate in Winchester’s Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The JROTC will serve as the Honor Guard and escort the parade grand marshals, all of whom are World War II veterans, according to Parade Coordinator Ray Cobb.
The parade is hosted by the Winchester American Legion Post 44.
“This is the first Veterans Day parade in our area since 1945,” Cobb said.
Cain will also continue his schedule of Veterans Day events by participating in the parade, according to Cobb.
The parade is expected to be a grand salute to veterans in the area, according to Cobb, with found different marching bands from Coffee and Franklin counties, banners representing veterans’ time in the service, a motor caravan of the veterans and various floats.
All veterans from Coffee, Franklin and Grundy counties are welcomed and encouraged to attend and participate.
The parade is expected to kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Winchester. The route will begin at the corner of Highway 41-A and Golf Club Drive and proceed to the Winchester square before turning left at the Oldham Theatre and ending four blocks away at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.
There will be an open house at the American Legion Post 44 following the conclusion of the parade, Cobb said. For more information, contact Cobb at 308-8914.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.