Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

May 31, 2012

Honoring the ultimate sacrifice

CROSSVILLE — A record crowd gathered gratefully under the shade of tall trees on the courthouse lawn Monday to pay tribute to Cumberland County's and the nation's war dead.

Splashed in red, white and blue and washed in patriotic songs performed by the Cumberland County Community Band, the large crowd included veterans of every branch of service as well as active duty members of the armed forces, their families, survivors and friends.

Congressman Diane Black delivered the keynote address and reminded the crowd, "Freedom is from God and it is worth fighting for." She recapped the history of how the nation came together to honor all those who have died in service to their country.

She noted that those who serve "fight for freedom for people they have never met, will never know."

She concluded by asking the gathering to pray for those who serve, and to "pray they return safely. Black concluded, "America is great. God has blessed us because we have our eyes on God."

Ed Lewis served as master of ceremonies for the observance, and Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey and Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III each addressed attendees.

Veterans Service Officer Mark A. Daniels recognized the service organizations that exist in Cumberland County and Ginny Cole sang the National Anthem and God Bless America. She was honored for her years of participation in Memorial Day observances.

Afterwards, members of Crossville American Legion Post 163 led a dedication of a restored monument at the site of Cumberland County's only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Milo Lemert. County services organizations, businesses and individuals joined in the brief dedication ceremony at the grave site.

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