Memorial Day Program Scheduled At Chattanooga National Cemetery

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The Chattanooga Area Veterans Council and its host organization, The Ernie Pyle Chapter 1945, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be conducting the Annual Memorial Day Service at the Veterans Administration Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday, May 27, with the musical prelude beginning at 10:30 a.m. and program beginning at 11 a.m.  The National Cemetery is located at 1200 Bailey Avenue, (the entrance is on Holtzclaw Ave).
 
The guest speaker at this year’s event will be the Honorable Andy Berke, Mayor of the City of Chattanooga.
 
Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.  The holiday formerly went by the name “Decoration Day” and it was originally intended as a commemoration to honor and remember the soldiers who died in the service.  Its scope was expanded after World War I to include all Americans who have died in war. We also take this opportunity to remember the veterans that have passed since our last gathering. 
 
The program will include the presentation of Colors by The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 203 and the participating veteran’s organizations; a musical medley by the Choo Choo Chorus; recognition of Gold Star Family members (mothers, fathers and spouses that have lost a son or daughter or spouse in the service of their country); a 21 Gun Salute and Taps.
 
In the event of inclement weather the program will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 1801 S Holtzclaw Avenue, approximately ¾ of a mile south of the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
 
On Saturday preceding Memorial Day scouts from the regional Cherokee Area Council will place an American flag on each of the approximately 45,000 gravesites within the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
 
For further information please contact LTC Chris Cole, US Army Retired, Member of the Ernie Pyle Chapter 1945, Military Order of the Purple Heart at chrismoph@yahoo.com

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