Montgomery County, TN – On Monday, July 6th, 2020, the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization (VSO) celebrated the opening of their new office space with a ribbon-cutting at Veterans Plaza.
“When I began this job, Mayor Durrett gave me two directives. One was for the VSO to have greater visibility in the community and the other was to reduce the amount of time it took to serve our veterans,” said stated Montgomery County VSO Director Andrew Kester.
“I felt confident about doing those but when he added the construction of new office space, I was thankful to count on the professional team in our county engineering department. Our organization has been serving veterans for 76 years and with this added space, we are in a position to serve the expanding needs of our military veterans for at least another 10 years,” Kester stated.
Speakers at the ribbon-cutting included Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, Senator Bill Powers, and LG Electronics Clarksville President Anthony Jung. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Anderson Grant also prayed a blessing over the new office space.
“There are many people who deserve recognition this morning, including our county commission who supported this project. I appreciate Andrew and his team who help our veterans every day, the VSO board, our county engineering team Nick Powell, Doug Jones and Amanda Bush who worked to finish this project under budget and ahead of schedule, thanks to LG for their support of our community, Mayor Pitts and First Lady Pitts for your continued support of County Government, Mike Boisseau of BR Miller who continues to do great work for the county and thanks to all of our military veterans. Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy today because we know freedom is not free” said Mayor Durrett.
President of LG Electronics Clarksville Anthony Jung was thanked with a proclamation from Mayor Durrett and a coin from Andrew Kester for the contribution of 2,000 face masks to Korean War veterans who are served in the new VSO office.
“Every day is Veterans Day in Montgomery County and we appreciate the sacrifices they and their families have made,” said Mayor Joe Pitts.
Senator Bill Powers reminisced about the history behind the purchase of Veterans Plaza and how honored he is to be on the Veterans Caucus for the State of Tennessee.
Tours of the facility were given by the VSO staff following the ribbon-cutting, patriotic music was provided by Joe Padula, and individually wrapped homemade cookies were available, compliments of Debra Kester.
For more information about Montgomery County Veterans Services, visit mcgtn.org or call 931.553.5173.