A veteran participates in a Veterans Day celebration Nov. 14, 2011, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP File Photo)
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Rutherford County will pay tribute to those who served and gave the supreme sacrifice to protect the United States.
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.
According to the 2010 Census, there were 21.5 million veterans in the U.S. in 2011, of which 1.6 million were female, 2.3 million were African-American, 1.2 million were Hispanic, 264,695 were Asian, 153,223 were American Indian or Alaska Native with a statistically insignificant number were Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Various communities and organizations across Rutherford County will celebrate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Rutherford County Veterans Day Tribute
The Veterans Day Tribute begins Monday at 11 a.m. on the Square in downtown Murfreesboro.
Activities include a color guard from a local high school JROTC and patriotic music performed.
The guest speaker will be Gen. Jeffery Holmes.
Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony in La Vergne
The City of La Vergne is holding a Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday at 1 p.m. to honor the men and women who have served this nation through military service. The ceremony is being held at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive in La Vergne.
“It is important for our veterans to know that we respect them and thank them for their dedication that ensures our liberty and freedom,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Marler, who was a helicopter pilot in Operation Desert Storm. “We encourage all of our citizens to honor our veterans on this day of remembrance.”
A reading of the names of city employees who served in the military will be done, along with a 21-gun three-volley salute by the LaVergne Police Department Honor Guard. Additionally, Police Chief Mike will play Taps to remember those who have died while serving this country.
There is no charge for the event, which is open to the public.
Smyrna Veterans Day Ceremony
Smyrna’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of Town Hall.
Additionally, in observance of Veterans Day, the town of Smyrna’s business offices will be closed Monday. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday.
Murfreesboro closings for Veterans Day
All city of Murfreesboro offices and departments will be closed Monday in observance of Veteran’s Day.
The Wilderness Station, Patterson Park Community Center and SportsCom will be closed Sunday.
The Old Fort and VA Golf Club courses, McFadden Community Center, Patterson Park Community Center, Project GO! and SportsCom will be open Monday.
Solid Waste pickup will be on its holiday schedule this week, meaning Monday’s garbage will be picked up Tuesday and Tuesday’s on Wednesday.
WWII veteran to speak at MTSU
A World War II veteran will shine a light on the horrors of the Nazi regime by telling his personal story on the MTSU campus.
“An American Soldier at Ohrdruf, 1945” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Room 106 of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building.
Murfreesboro resident T. Guy Fortney, a retired physician, was a member of the U.S. Army’s Fourth Armored Division when the unit entered Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, in April 1945.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by MTSU’s Jewish and Holocaust Studies Program and the Virginia Peck Trust Fund. Please be advised that the photographs that will be shown are graphic and explicit in nature.