Tennessee Valley Honors our Nation’s Veterans

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Veterans Day is a day of reflection and appreciation for those who have served in our military. It should be a day where each of us takes a moment out of our busy lives to honor the men and women who have played a role in protecting the freedoms we are privileged to enjoy.

Originally known as Armistice Day,  Veterans Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919,  signifying the first anniversary of the armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany—- signaling the end of World War I.

“The message today is thank you to all the men and women who have put on the uniform in our armed forces of the United States. They are our heroes. They have kept us free,” says Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. 

At the National Guard Armory here in Chattanooga, many community members, local officials, active military and veterans gathered to honor those who have served our country. 

 “Veterans Day this year is more meaningful than ever. The reason I say that is because our country is very divided. And with this being a national Veterans Day that on this day it’s a day being United. It’s a day of bringing us all together because we are all appreciative of the freedoms that we have. Veterans are the ones that made this possible,” says Retired Navy Captain, Mickey McCamish. 

During the ceremony, family members of veterans were also honored for the sacrifices they made while their loved ones were serving and honoring their commitment to our country.

“Veterans Day is intended to honor all veterans present and past. It’s very important that we never forget all the veterans who served before us in all wars,’ says Ronald Eytchison, Vice Admiral, USN, Retired.

Veterans tell News 12 they are truly blessed to see so many community members take a moment out of their day to celebrate them and teach younger generations about the history of our great nation.

“Without teaching them our history and the sacrifices made by veterans and the men and women who came before us; then they won’t know the value and importance of freedom,” says Mark Parks,US Navy Veteran. 

Thank you to all who have served. We honor you not only on this holiday— but every day.

SODDY-DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Local JROTC students participated in a veterans vigil and flag disposal ceremony at Soddy Daisy Veterans Park today.

Several high schools from surrounding areas have students participating in military ceremonies to honor Veterans Day.

One such ceremony is the Veterans Vigil.

For straight 11 hours, JROTC students walk in shifts at the memorial in Soddy Daisy.

They do this to honor Veterans Day and service members who didn’t make it home.

A JROTC instructor tells us the students even march in the rain and cold but if the weather gets severe, they head inside.

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