The Rutherford County government paid tribute to veterans on Monday.
The Veterans Day Memorial Service was held at the Rutherford County Courthouse. Ten-year-old Sophia Scheel of the Heimermann Children’s Choir sang the national anthem and “God Bless America.” Former State Rep. Rick Womick, a retired Air Force major, served as master of ceremonies.
Maj. Gen. William Hickman, who retired on Nov. 1 after 36 years, was the guest speaker. His most recent assignment was as director of strategic plans and policy for the NATO Allied Transformation Command. Hickman’s wife, Mayme Bennett Hickman, is a native of this area, and the family recently moved to Murfreesboro.
Hickman thanked the program’s participants and organizers – but most of all, the military members past and present in the audience.
“It is your service and sacrifice that’s kept our country safe and free,” Hickman said.
About servicemembers he said, “We declare our commitment to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Without the Constitution, the United States wouldn’t exist. Without the Constitution, our way of life, our values, our dedication to liberty, freedom and democracy would not exist.”