Bradley County holds Memorial Day ceremony at Courthouse

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – It was a beautiful Memorial Day in Bradley County – and in downtown Cleveland, residents gathered for a ceremony at the Courthouse to pay tribute to America’s heroes.

“We’re glad to be able to gather again and celebrate that all give some, but some veterans gave it all,” says Mary Bear, Poppy Chairman with American Legion Auxiliary.

Unit 81 of the ALA was in attendance at the ceremony, with members passing out poppy flowers in remembrance of those who served.

“Every Memorial Day we pass these out and we ask people please wear a poppy for Memorial Day to honor those who never made it home,” says Bear.

Other groups included the American Legion Riders, which is comprised of veterans who are motorcycle enthusiasts.

“We do a lot for the community. We have about 35 to 38 members strong, and we like to ride,” says Bob Taylor, Assistant Director.

The ceremony featured a presentation of the Bill Norwood Service to Veterans Award. Bob Taylor said it serves as a good reminder of what Memorial Day is all about.

“A lot of people here in this country don’t really know what this day is all about. They know it’s a day off. They know it’s a fun weekend, a long weekend. But those that have been in the military, they understand what this day is,” Taylor says.

The longstanding tradition made it’s return after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, and Mayor Kevin Brooks says he was excited to see such a great turnout.

“This is what America is all about. The ability to gather on the Courthouse square to celebrate freedom, to pray and thank God for our country. This to me is what America is all about, and I’m so thankful that Cleveland the city with spirit continues this great tradition,” says Mayor Brooks about the ceremony.

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