Memorial Day Ceremonies Honor Service Members

Posted at 9:42 PM, May 30, 2016

Across the mid-state, community members gathered with city and state officials to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

In Williamson County, folks went to the Veterans Memorial Park in Franklin to pay tribute to those killed in battle.

Several veterans were able to make it out there for the ceremony. This year, about 50 new commemorative brick pavers were set to be added to the walkway of the park and though the honoree's did not all serve at the same time, County Mayor Rogers Anderson said they all shared one important similarity.

A group of soldiers killed in the 1966 Battle of Landing Zone 10 Alpha in Vietnam were also honored.

One of them was a Maury County veteran who passed away in 1980 as a result of the wounds he suffered in the battle.

Officials in Wilson County also held a Memorial Day service. The speaker was Marine Corporal Woodrow Hunt who served in the Marine infantry back in the early 70's.

The Kentucky native briefly spoke about his experiences in the military and how that has helped him both on the battlefield and on the baseball field as a head coach for Cumberland University.

He also touched on the true focus of Memorial Day and how big a sacrifice the ones being honored have made.

The memorial service ended with a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps.