Commander’s Call

by | June 1, 2018 2:39 pm

This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN – I would like to thank all neighbors who took time to gather together as a community to remember the soldiers of Van Buren County whose names appear on the stone monuments of the courthouse square. On Memorial Day, a number of organizations and individuals took part in a ceremony that paid homage to our fallen heroes.

American Legion Post 207 – Host & Logistics

American Legion Post 173 – Honor guard & Colors

Eddie Carter – Key Note Speaker

Mickey Robinson – Community Representative

VFW Post 5064 – Rifle team

Tom Fittis – Sound of the bagpipes

Lou Ann Meyers – Photography

Bonnie Adcock – Wreath Decoration

Marty & Zeda Hillis – Sound Logistics

A special appreciation is for sheriff and Army veteran Eddie Carter who eloquently conveyed the spirit of the reason for Memorial Day. His words emphasized the commitment to remember the soldiers who laid down their lives for our freedom.

CEMETERY FLAGS: Members of the Crain Hill community, including the Cedar Grove Fire Department, placed American flags at the gravesites of veterans. It was the first time I had witnessed the historic Crain Hill building and grounds that have been preserved by the determination of local residents. A banner displays over 75 members of the area who have served as soldiers. Thank you.

Bonnie Adcock and grandson Tyler provided flags to the veterans on the Spencer Cemetery. Thank you for all that you do for our veterans.

Next Memorial Day, we would like to have a flag placed on ALL veteran gravesites, in Van Buren County. If you would like to help with this project please, contact the American Legion Post 207.

FLAG ETIQUETTE: Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness. The flag should not be subject to weather damage, so it should not be displayed during rain, snow, and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag.

AMERICAN LEGION POST MEETING is 6 p.m., the fourth Thursday of the month (next meeting is 28th). The post is located.

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