Topic: Veterans Day
Nashville, TN – House lawmakers moved forward this week with multiple pieces of legislation designed to help military members across the state.
One of those bills, set to be heard on the House floor next week, will allow the five soldiers killed in the Chattanooga terrorist attack that occurred in July to be eligible for the ‘Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal’. Currently, the medal is awarded to honor residents of Tennessee killed while serving on active duty or engaged in military support operations involving a conflict with an opposing foreign force.
As introduced, this new legislation expands on this criteria to also allow the honor to be bestowed on those military men and women killed on Tennessee soil during an attack specifically targeting service members.
Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The Audi A-7 visited the state capitol and gave rides to State lawmakers. The A-7 is totally hands free driving. It completed a test drive of more than 550 freeway miles from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas with 90 percent of those miles hands free.
Mr. Brad Stertz, Director of Audi’s Government Affairs spoke of his company’s efforts to put automated cars on the road. As the technology for autonomous vehicles continues to develop, states have found it may be necessary for state and municipal governments to address the potential impacts of these vehicles on the road. Three bills have been filed on the subject in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.
Cunningham, TN – The Montgomery Central Elementary School gave salute our Military in honor of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 10th, with their annual “Veteran’s Day Celebration” program. Students kindergarden through 5th grade participated in the event with group performances as well as grade level performances.
The program began at 9:00am in the MCES gymnasium. Several area veterans and current members of the Armed Services were on hand to be honored. There was a large turn out for the event with people standing along the walls to hear children paying their respects to our veterans.
Nashville, TN – Once, in another life, I found myself seated atop the rear of a convertible Corvette in a Veteran’s Day parade, cruising 5MPH down the streets of the township where I was an elected councilwoman. I’d been called up last minute (just that morning) by a fellow councilman colleague, as though I was to know of the tradition that existed each year.
There would be a program of festivities and a ceremony set up at the local park. As we waved and smiled at our neighbors and friends, I saw the councilman pull out two typed sheets of paper from the breast pocket of his suit. When I asked what it was, he said, “You know we’re making speeches.”
Written by Army Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
Hohenfels, Germany – Although World War I officially ended June 28th, 1919, the fighting had stopped several months earlier, when “an armistice … between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day, according to the Veterans Administration. Through legislation passed June 1st, 1954, Nov. 11 became Veterans Day — a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Since the 9/11 attacks against America, many U.S. service members have become seasoned warriors, some with multiple deployments under their belts. Many troops have chosen to continue their service in the military.
Washington, D.C. – World War I, also known as “The Great War” at the time, officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Five Military Veteran State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Colonel Jimmie Cole from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 506,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.
The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.
“It’s an honor to celebrate these veterans and the contributions they make to state government,” Haslam said. “There are nearly 3,000 veterans working for the state, and we are grateful for their military service and their service to Tennessee.”
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Government offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015.
County offices will reopen Thursday, November 12th, 2015 for regularly scheduled business hours.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan reminds everyone that all City of Clarksville offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, in recognition of Veterans Day.
City offices will reopen Thursday, November 12th, 2015 for regularly scheduled business hours.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Parks and Recreation facilities will have adjusted hours of operation Wednesday, November 11th to accommodate students in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and their holiday schedule.
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