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25 Years Ago
Kingston residents Hurse E. Jeffers, James C. Edmonds and Jack M. McCown, were part of the famous 1944 trek across the Normandy Beach in France known as the D-Day Invasion. They didn’t know each other then, but later became friends, sharing the memories of that infamous invasion and war. Touted as both “dangerous” and a “great crusade,” men like these three say the world must not forget why we celebrate Veterans Day because, as they put it, “remembering is the best way to keep D-Day from ever happening again.”
10 Years Ago
Roane County veterans were remembered during ceremonies at the Roane County Courthouse, Rockwood’s Oak Grove Cemetery and Wellington Place of Kingston. Retired Col. Bruce Isham explained it is the love of one’s country, a willingness to endure the punishment of war and possibly pay the ultimate price that makes a person a veteran.
Five Years Ago
Roane County schools and other organizations had Veterans Day programs honoring men and women, alive and deceased, who served their country in military service. The programs ranged from speeches to a 21-gun salute, with some schools inviting active-duty military personnel to participate. The holiday started as Armistice Day in 1926 to honor the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
One Year Ago
In honor of Veterans Day three Roane Countians recalled their military experiences, injuries and near-death survivals. Melvin Page recounted his Vietnam battles, and Joseph Boyd and Tom Pemberton related World War II experiences.