By JOHN McBRYDE
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson says he believes the Williamson County Memorial Day Ceremony in downtown Franklin is one of those events that everyone should experience at some point in their lives.
“Being a veteran, I think it’s something every community should do,” Anderson said of the idea to appropriately celebrate the holiday. “It’s important to recognize those men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifices.”
Anderson will be joining Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-District 7, and others at Veterans Memorial Park in Five Points Monday at 10 a.m. to honor those that lost their lives to protect freedoms that citizens of the United States enjoy.
“Memorial Day bears special significance to the citizens of Franklin,” Moore said. “Each year as the flags are lowered, the wreath placed, and the names are read, it is a reverent time for all attending. It helps us understand the loss that families have incurred but also instills great pride in those that have sacrificed for our freedom.”
As attendees gather and find their seats, the Williamson County Community Band will be playing patriotic tunes. Col. Stan Tyson (retired) will give an introduction, and Anderson and Moore will speak as well. Rep. Green, who spent 20 years in the Army as a physician and was involved with the capture and interrogation of Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein, is guest speaker and is expected to talk for about 20 minutes.
The mayors will then recognize the veterans from the past year whose pavers are being added to the Memorial Walkway, and Anderson will present the U.S. flag to the Gold Star Family.
The ceremony is expected to last around 45 minutes.
“This service is a little more solemn in nature,” Anderson said. “It’s always well-attended, and I expect a good turnout again this year.”
The forecast for Monday is cloudy skies with highs in the low 90s, but no rain is expected. There is limited seating at the ceremony, but guests may want to bring lawn chairs.