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City of Clarksville held ‘Welcome Home Veterans’ events

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greeted hundreds of military veterans at Liberty Park on Thursday for a Welcome Home Parade, a picnic lunch and musical entertainment.

“We welcome you to Clarksville, we honor you, and we thank you for your service to America,” McMillan said to a lunchtime audience in the Wilma Rudolph Events Center. “Please know that the City of Clarksville, with its special connection to Fort Campbell, especially loves our veterans.”

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets military veterans in town for a Welcome Home Parade on Thursday.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets military veterans in town for a Welcome Home Parade on Thursday.

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Clarksville to Celebrate 200 Veterans from 28 States during “Welcome Home Vietnam – American Veterans Parade”

 

“Welcome Home Vietnam – American Veterans Parade”

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Forty years after the fall of Saigon, Vietnam Veterans will at long last be publicly recognized for their service to our country.

Visit Clarksville is proud to partner with the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, the USO and US Tours to present Welcome Home Vietnam – An American Veterans Parade.

Veterans Parade set for Tuesday, September 15th.

Veterans Parade set for Tuesday, September 15th.

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Heroes, Hometowns and Legends Series Brings to Clarksville Big Names in Comedy, Music

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Heroes, Hometowns and Legends will return to Clarksville as big-name entertainers descend on the Austin Peay State University Mass Media & Communications Hall from September 14th – 16th.

Tickets are on sale now for this all-star lineup including the comedic genius of Jeanne Robertson, Grammy Award Winning vocalist Lee Greenwood, and acclaimed country singer and songwriter Phil Vassar.

Country singer Phil Vassar to headline Heroes, Hometowns and Legends Series September 14th - 16th.

Country singer Phil Vassar to headline Heroes, Hometowns and Legends Series September 14th – 16th.

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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 396 holds annual Memorial Day Candle Light Vigil

 

Clarksville, TN – It is a solemn occasion when a nation gathers together to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. The body of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 21st of this year. There are 27 remaining missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony held in front of the William O. Beach Civic Center at Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee on Sunday evening.

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 holds this Memorial Day Vigil each year to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975.

State Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address at the 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light VigilState Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address

State Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address at the 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil

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Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Candle Light Vigil

 

Clarksville, TN – It is a solemn occasion when a nation gathers together to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. No remains were returned during the previous year, that leaves 30 remaining missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony held in front of the William O. Beach Civic Center at Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee on Sunday evening.

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 holds this Memorial Day Vigil each year to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975.

Colonel (Ret) Tom Denney addressing the crowd at the 2013 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil in Montgomery County on Sunday

Colonel (Ret) Tom Denney addressing the crowd at the 2013 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil in Montgomery County on Sunday

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Vietnam Veterans Candle Light Vigil to Recognize Tennessee Soldiers still missing from the Vietnam War

 

Annual Montgomery County Candle Light Vigil honors those still missing in action from Vietnam

Clarksville, TNVietnam Veterans of America LogoThe Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 will be holding their Memorial Day Vigil on Sunday May 26th at 7:00pm at Veterans Plaza (350 Pageant Lane), in front of the Wiliam O. Beach Civic Hall to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975.

This year the guest speakers will include Col. Tom Denny Retired, a Vietnam Veteran; along with various city and county dignitaries. The colors will be posted by an honor guard composed of Montgomery Central High School JROTC Students.

A Vietnam Veterans of American member carries forward the chair of one of the POW/MIA soldiers at the 2012 Candle Light Vigil

A Vietnam Veterans of American member carries forward the chair of one of the POW/MIA soldiers at the 2012 Candle Light Vigil

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The Vietnam Veterans of America remember those who have yet to return home

 
A MCHS JROTC Student solemnly carries one of the chair representing a missing service member

A MCHS JROTC Student solemnly carries one of the chair representing a missing service member

Clarksville, TN – It is a solemn occasion when a nation gathers together to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. No remains were returned during the previous year, that leaves 32 remaining missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony held in front of the William O. Beach Civic Center at Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee on Sunday evening.

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 holds this Memorial Day Vigil each year to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975. The Local vigil was first held in 1989 the same year that Chapter 396 was chartered. They consider it an honored duty to call the roll each year so that these lost bothers and sisters are not forgotten. «Read the rest of this article»

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Memorial Day

 

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and it took me a while to digest all that I saw and heard at the three Memorial Day remembrances and ceremonies I attended this weekend.

Fort Donelson National Cemetery

Fort Donelson National Cemetery

People enter military service for many reasons, some are looking for a job or career, some working towards their education, and some join up out of a pure and unadulterated love for their country. No matter the reason they joined, they all may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice.

When the unthinkable happens the family of the service member are left paying a price of their own. Mothers have lost their sons, wives their husbands, children have lost one of their parents. This leaves a hole in each of their lives that takes a long time to fill; eventually the love that remains will expand to moderate their grief, as it is with the death of any loved one. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Vietnam Veterans of America perform their solemn duty

 

As I have said in the past, it’s always a solemn occasion when a nation gathers to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. Since ceremony last year, the remains of CWO Kenneth L. Stancil from Chattanooga along 3 other MIA’s who died in the same Helicopter crash were found and returned to their families.  That leaves 32 remaining missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony held at Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee  on Sunday evening.

The chair of USAF Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr from Memphis Tennessee is carried up by a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club

The chair of USAF Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr from Memphis Tennessee is carried up by a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club

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Absent, but not forgotten!

 

The Color guard approaches

The Color guard approaches

It’s always a solemn occasion when a nation gathers to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. There are 33 missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony on Public Square in Clarksville this Sunday evening.

The Memorial Day Candle light vigil is held by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 396. This is the 20th consecutive year for the ceremony. It was first held in 1989, the same year the local chapter was chartered. The initial list contained a total of 43 names, since that time 9 comrades have found their way home, the latest in 2005.

The colors were posted as an honor guard of Montgomery Central High School JROTC Students stood a silent vigil around the war memorial on public square. Then a single chair representing all of the POW/MIA’s nationwide was placed in a position of honor before the audience. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and a moment of silence was held. Then Rev. Elijah Oliver of delivered the invocation.

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