Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard

Knoxville, Tennessee

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American Hero Dying For Freedom

Isn't The Worst That Can Happen

Being Forgotten is! ...

"A Nation Reveals Itself Not Only By

The Men It Produces, But Also By The

Men It Honors. "

John F. Kennedy, President

 

 

 

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Civic Ceremonies

 

Heroes Honoring Heroes - 2012

Staring our own Major Mike Inman (towards end of video)

To view video, Click on site below

Length: 12 Minutes

watch-v=NDbeW7SyKdQ&feature=youtu.be&a

Video created by Ann Wolf

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The Following Three Ceremonies Can be Performed Upon Request

by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

The Three Listed Ceremonies Below Cannot be Performed at any Military Honors Funeral

Civic Ceremonies Only

 

1. Solider Battlefield Cross

The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross, or marker appropriate to an individual service-member's religion,

on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. It is made up of the soldier's rifle stuck into the ground or into the soldier's boots, with helmet on top.

Dog tags are sometimes placed on the rifle, and the boots of the dead soldier can be placed next to the rifle. The purpose is to show honor and respect for the dead

 at the battle site. The practice started during the American Civil War or maybe earlier as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed.

Today, it is an immediate means of showing respect for the dead among the still living members of the troop. It might be seen in the field or base camp after the battle

in Afghanistan or Iraq. Used less today as a means to identify the dead but more as a private ceremony among those still living as a means to mourn, as attending

the funeral is not always possible for soldiers still in the fight.

 

Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross

To view this video, click on the link below:

Lenght: 5:04 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY5SQ9GXfpg

Video Created by Ann M Wolf

 

2.  Missing Man Table

The listed items are considered traditional. Some commands and units may place headcovers or other items at the place setting as well.

  • Table: set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one isolated prisoner. The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. For large events of the Missing Man Table is set for six places: members of the five armed services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) and a sixth place setting reminiscent of the civilians who died during service alongside the armed forces or missing during armed conflict . Table is round to represent everlasting concern on the part of the survivors for their missing loved ones.
  • Tablecloth is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.
  • Single red rose in the vase, signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America. This rose also reminds us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return.
  • Yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who
  •  are not among us tonight.[
  • Slice of lemon on the bread plate: represents the bitter fate of the missing.
  • Salt sprinkled on the bread plate: symbolic of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.
  • Inverted glass: represents the fact that the missing and fallen cannot partake.
  • Lit candle: reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
  • Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren't present.
  • The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
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Missing Man Table

To view this video, click on the link below:

Length: 6:57 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89gtW95Ot6g

Video Created by Ann M Wolf

 

3.  The Flag Folding Ceremony - Meaning of each of the 13 Folds of the Flag

 

 

To view video, Click on the site below

 Length: 6.41 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Lf9WTiawQ

Video Created by Ann M Wolf

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The Military Order Of The World Wars

Knoxville Chapter

Twentieth Annual Massing of the Colors and Memorial Service

Saturday, 28 October 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Concord

 

Under Construction

 

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Roane County High School Band Spring Concert with the United States Air Force

hosting a Tribute to Veterans great bunch of guys the music was outstanding.

 

Sergeant Major Bob LeTellier with the United States Air Force Band members and Honor Guard

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58th Anniversary of the Chartering of the

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Friday, 26 August, 2016

 

To Inquire About Becoming

 a Member, Please Contact Commander Todd Shaw

 

Todd Shaw

Sergeant Major Bob LeTellier, Chief Master Sergeant Gary Woolf, Major Mike Inman and

 Staff Sergeant Dan Morris attend the 58th anniversary luncheon of the Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).

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Staff Sergeant Pam Burdette, a member of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

Visits the East Knox Elementary School to Share Her Military Experiences with the students

and Her Nephew

Veterans Day

11 November, 2015

 

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   Petty Officer First Class Herb Kraehmer, along with the

 Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard,

Recognizes the United States Military Homeless Veterans

at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)

Veterans Day

11 November, 2015 and 2016

 

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Petty Officer Second Class Boyd Armstrong,

a Retired Member of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard,

Receives Help from the Fifth Third Bank and

Rebuilding Together Knoxville

7 November, 2015

 

 

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Four Homeless Veterans Honored

27 October, 2015

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

 

 

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

Petty Officer First Class Herb Kraehmer Standing (left side)

Vice Commander Fred Adomat Holding Coast Guard Flag (2nd from right)

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The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Participated in

a Musical Celebration Honoring the History and Heritage of our Great Nation

"The Spirit of America"

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA, 2014

Part I

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 18:43 minutes

https://youtu.be/7REGelo9kZI

 

Part II

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 19:56 minutes

https://youtu.be/LQ-NIw-NELI

 

Part III

*Honor Guard appears in this segment

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 18:04 minutes

https://youtu.be/Y_6r1U35O24

 

Part IV

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 18:18 minutes

https://youtu.be/VIPz4HnbfYc

 

 

 

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Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

Pearl Harbor Day, 2014, 2015

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, (Lions View),

Knoxville, Tennessee

 

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Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

Memorial Day, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, (Lions View),

Knoxville, Tennessee

 Assembly of the Soldier's Cross by the

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

Top photo from front to back, Sergeant First Class Ed Layman, Petty Officer second Class, Kelly Rabb,

Corporal, Mickey Vickery, Petty Officer First Class Mike Church and Knoxville Mayor Tim Burchett .

Bottom photo, Petty Officer Second Class, Kelly Rabb placing the Helmet

on top of the rifle. This the 4th and last item to be placed on the Solider' Cross

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CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING

20 July, 2015

 

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard members attended the Mass

in Chattanooga. See lower right side from left to right

Congressman Chuck Fleischman and Wife Brenda,

Petty Officer Second Class Kelly Rabb, Staff Sergeant Richie O'Brien

and Vice Commander Fred Adomat

 

Military Veterans (Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members)

From right to left Staff Sergeant Richie O'Brien and

Petty Officer Second Class, Kelly Rabb, Congressman Chuck

Fleischman and Wife, Brenda

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RED DAY

18 May, 2015, 2016

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard

from right to left, Major Mike Inman, Julia Hurley

 and Sergeant Major Bob LeTellier

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Medal of Honor Flag Raising Ceremony

World's Fair Park

Friday, November 8, 2013

Knoxville, Tennessee

 

First Row From Left to Right

Staff Sergeant Donald Booker - Staff Sergeant Bud Cassidy - Colonel Grover Wilson

Lieutenant Chuck Sayne and Staff Sergeant Carl McCarter

Second Row From Left to Right

Captain Rita Caldwell - Lieutenant Colonel David Caldwell

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From Left to Right

 Major Mike Inman Shaking Hands With Medal of Honor Recipient

Colonel Walter "Joe" Marm - Staff Sergeant Bud Cassidy in background right

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Final "In God We Trust" Sign Placed in Oak Ridge

21 September, 2013

 

From Left to Right

 Leon Jaquet (Veteran Services Officer) - Staff Sergeant Brad Heun

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Flag Ceremony

30 June, 2013

Valley Grove Baptist Church, Clinton Tennessee

Captain David Caldwell, Lance Corporal Katie Fisher, Colonel Steve Holbert

Staff Sergeant Carey Kraehmer, Petty Officer First Class Herb Kraehmer

Staff Sergeant Carl McCarter and Keigan Troutt

and

Main Street Baptist Church, Lake City, Tennessee

Major Mike Inman, Master Sergeant Bob LeTellier, First Sergeant Michael Roberts

Staff Sergeant Bud Cassidy and Master Sergeant Gary Woolf

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Color Guard at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, (Lyons View),

 Knoxville, Tennessee, Memorial Day,

 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

 

 

Left to Right - Staff Sergeant, Bud Cassidy - Major, David Caldwell - First Lieutenant, Renee Follum - Chief, Bob Bridges

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Yesterday’s Soldier Ceremony, Knoxville, Tennessee,  24 May, 2013

 

Chief Bob Bridges Checking To Make Sure That We Are Correctly Aligned

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Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service

December 7, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

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Blue Star Memorial Marker Dedication

National Garden Clubs, Inc

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, (John Sevier)

April 20, 2012

 

 

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278th Army National Guard Retirees Association Dinner

Prisoner of War - Missing Man Table - Killed in Action Memorial Ceremony

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First School in the United States to Receive the Medal of Honor Flag

Cedar Bluff Middle School

Knoxville, Tennessee

Monday, November 19, 2012

 

Colonel Grover Wilson and Major David Caldwell (hidden behind flag)

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Medal of Honor Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

August, 2011

This is Col Bruce Crandall, USA, Medal of Honor recipient. COL Wilson attended the convention representing MK & the Volunteer State Veteran’s Honor Guard.

 This man was the helicopter pilot that rescued the troops in the movie “We were Soldiers.” 22 trips he made, shot up, and under fire. True story, obviously. There were

48 MOH members of the society there and I met and spoke with about 30. I also met Sgt Lee Roy Petree, who lost his right hand (War on Terror) and was recently

awarded the Medal of Honor

 

 

As you know, the city of Knoxville is competing for the convention in 2014. This was a lifetime event. The entertainer of the year was Trace Atkins and the patriot of the

year was Senator Mitch McConnell, who were both present. The emcee was Miss America from Kentucky. We are getting a good jump on our competitor for the convention-

Omaha, Neb. We make the presentation in March of next year.

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  Delegation for the Medal of Honor Convention in 2014 on Floor of NYSE.

Colonel Grover Wilson Second From Left

 

Picture of Colonel Grover Wilson (right) and

Lieutenant Colonel Joe M. Jackson

Medal of Honor Recipient  

311th Air Commando Squadron

Kham Duc, South Vietnam, 1968

 C-123 pilot, who also served in World War II and Korea

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Medal of Honor Video That Helped

the Recipients to Pick Knoxville for the

2014 Annual Convention of the Congressional

Medal Of Honor Society

 

To view video, Click on the link below

Length 8.52 minutes

https://youtu.be/NYFp_vV4coo

 

 

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Medal of Honor Luncheon

November, 2010

April, 2011

April, 2012

 

 

Medal of Honor Recipient

Colonel Leo K. Thorsness, United States Air Force

357th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Wild Weasel Dogfight over North Vietnam, 1967

Ceremony, November, 2010

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Medal of Honor Recipient

Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, United States Army

U.S. Army Element, U.S. Military Assistance Command

Kein Phong Province, South Vietnam, 1968

Ceremony, April, 2011

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Medal of Honor Luncheon

April, 2011

From left to right

Brigadier General Jim Mungenast, Major Rolan Waters, Gunnery Sergeant John Bell, in front of

Gunnery Sergeant John Bell -  Medal of Honor Winner, Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, United States Army, Vietnam War,

Major Thomas Reese, Master Sergeant Gary Woolf, Colonel Grover Wilson, Captain David Caldwell

Captain Mike Inman and Sergeant Brad Heun

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Medal of Honor Recipient

Sergeant First Class Sammy L. Davis, United States Army

Cai Lay, South Vietnam, 1967

Ceremony, April, 2012

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Flag Ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient,

Colonel Jack H Jacobs

Sacred Heart Elementary School

April, 2011

 

Colonel Grover Wilson introducing Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel Jack H Jacobs to the

Sacred Heart Elementary School assembly

 

From left to right

Staff Sergeant Brad Heun, Master Sergeant Gary Woolf, Major Thomas Reese

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Emeritus Assisted Living

Flag Ceremony

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

November, 2011

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Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Supports the

 Farragut High School NJROTC

Fund Raising Pancake Breakfast

September, 2011and 2012

 

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NHC Assisted Living Veterans Day Flag Ceremony

Knoxville, Tennessee

November 8, 2011

 

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World Trade Center Steel Arrival to TVA Kingston Fossil Plant

August 12, 2011

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Daughter's of the American Revolution (DAR)

Medal of Honor Presentation/Reception

 For Honorary Honor Guard Member Compatriot James Rogers

Tuesday, 2 August, 2011

 

On Tuesday, August 2, the Mary Blount Chapter of the DAR hosted a reception where they presented Stephen Holston Chapter Compatriot James Rogers the

DAR's National Society's prestigious Medal of Honor. Compatriot Rogers was recognized for his accomplishments in the areas of leadership, trustworthiness, patriotism,

and service. This is the highest honor the DAR can bestow upon a non-member.

Compatriot Rogers was recognized for his work with the American Eagle Foundation. He was instrumental in the establishment of the American Eagle Foundation's

United States Eagle Center at Dollywood. Compatriot Rogers served in the TN National Guard, and wrote the song "I Guard America' which was selected by the

 U.S. Army and Air National Guard as its official song. Those attending were fortunate enough to have him perform 4 of his songs for us during the evenings events.

We would like to thank Compatriot Rogers for the contributions that he has made and congratulate him on the reception of the DAR's Medal of Honor.

Some of those in attendance were Adjutant General of the TN National Guard, Major General Terry M. "Max" Haston, Mike Acuff of the American Eagle Foundation,

 Linda Jones Regent TNDAR, Ollie Ellyson DAR Americanism State Chairman, and Compatriot Rogers' wife Debbie.

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East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

Memorial Day Flag Ceremony

May, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Remote Area Medical (RAM)

D-Day Celebration, 4 June - 6 June

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Knoxville, Tennessee

 

NORMANDY  VETERAN (C47/DC3)  IS  FLAGSHIP of

REMOTE  AREA  MEDICAL VOLUNTEER  CORPS

  

The Remote Area Medicals C47/DC3 rolled off the assembly line April 6, 1944, and joined the European Theater of Operations with the United States

 9th Air Force on June 3rd the same year. Three days later, on that fateful day of terror and triumph known as D-Day, she dropped paratroopers onto the

beaches at Normandy. in her early days, N982Z flew perilous skies for the sake of a free world. As she celebrates her 68th year of flight, she takes to peace

 time skies in another unique contribution to freedom – freedom from the suffering created by isolation from medical care. She continues her proud tradition of

serving others by transporting equipment, supplies and volunteers to Remote Area Medical® (RAM) free health care expeditions in the United States and abroad. 

Stan Brock, chief pilot of N982Z, founder of Remote Area Medical® and former co-host of the Wild Kingdom television show, cut his pilot’s teeth in the

Amazon rain forest while living in the South American country of Guyana. His airborne journey has taken him from bush pilot to the airline transport business and full

circle to a RAM free air ambulance service to the indigenous dwellers in the jungle where he learned to fly. Stan is RAM’s volunteer Director of Operations and

flies other aircraft donated to the organization. His co-pilot today is Jim Massengill and Larry Harris is Crew Chief.

 

 

Guest Speaker Colonel Grover Wilson

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Daughters of the American Revolution

DAR National Society - State and Chapter Website Listings

John Fox, SR

Revolutionary War Soldier

Grave Marking

21 July, 2007

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Sons of the American Revolution

Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution

Stephen Holston Chapter

Flag Ceremony, Fort James White,

Knoxville, Tennessee

 4 July, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

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GOOD MORNING, EAST TENNESSEE

 Ceremony Today to Honor Revolutionary War Soldier

(Knoxville News Sentinel, 21 July, 2007)

 The Cavett Station Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will place and dedicate a commemorative marker on the grave

Revolutionary War soldier John Fox Sr. it 10 am today at the Fox family cemetery on Emory Road.  The ceremony will include an honor guard provided by

Volunteer State Veterans, a gun volley salute, and a memorial by Fox descendant Lynn Fox in period dress.  The cemetery is 0.8 miles on Emory Road from north

Clinton Highway. It is on the right (north) side of Emory Road. Signs and balloons will mark the entrance to the field.  John Fox was in the Light Horse Company

 in the Battle of Kings Mountain. He settled in Knox County after the war, where he and his wife, Valencia, raised IS children. He died on his farm off Emory Road

in 1840. A reception at Grace Baptist Church, 7M Oak Ridge Highway follows the ceremony Both the ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

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Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club

Rifle Volley and Flag Folding at Patriot Point

Oliver Springs, Tennessee

2005

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Flag Ceremony, Harley Davidson, Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant

and Harley Davidson Store, Lovell Road

Knoxville, Tennessee

1 July, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

 

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Dollywood

http://dollywood.com

 

The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Roll Call

Prior to the Dollywood Veterans Day Ceremony

8 November, 2015

Veterans Day

 

 

Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Waiting

for the Start of the Dollywood Veterans Day Ceremony

8 November, 2015

Veterans Day

 

 

Saluting Our Veterans

 Memorial Day - Veterans Day

 30 May and 11 November

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

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TENNESSEE MUSEUM OF AVIATION

WAR BIRD COLLECTION

http://www.tnairmuseum.org

 

The Moving Vietnam Wall

Opening and Closing Ceremony

August 28 and September 1, 2008

The Moving Wall

Names Forever Engraved

Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Sevierville, Tennessee

Click on Link Below

Length 15:07 minutes

watch-v=Yy7dGUIGlZg

 

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Did you know someone that lost their life in Vietnam?

If so, click on the link below and then click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear.

Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. 

You will be able to add your addendum to his memorial.

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

 

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Central Baptist Church

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

November, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

 

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Veterans Day

Elks, Eagles and Moose Clubs

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

November 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

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Blount Memorial Cancer Center

Scoops and Salutes

 Cancer Survivor Homecoming

Maryville, Tennessee

June 6, 2010

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Wamplers Farm Sausage Company Picnic

Knoxville, Tennessee

May 31st, 2010

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Calvary Baptist Church

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

23 May, 2010 and 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

 

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Secret City Festival

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

June -  2008, 2009 and 2010

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Veterans Day Parade

11 November, 2008

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Ground Breaking Ceremony For The New Veterans Cemetery

November 23, 2010

 

 

 

 

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