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Monday, May 29, 2017

Crossville Memorial Day ceremony well attended.

The sprinkles of rain were not enough to drive off any of the crowd of those who gathered for the 2017 Memorial Day ceremony at the Downtown Crossville Memorial and Veterans Park.  WIth chairs set up both in the street and over half of the north side courthouse lawn many came to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the service of their country's military.
Memorial Day crowd in Downtown Crossville

Before the program began, the Cumberland Co. Community Band provided a selection of patriotic music.

Cumberland Co. Community Band plays
Stars and Stripes

Retired Master Chief Mike Dibiccaro, USN served as master of ceremonies and an invocation was provided by Pastor Andrew Abraham.  The colors were presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Honor Guard and Ms. Teri Utsey sang the National Anthem.

Color Guard ready
Color Guard marches in
Teri Utsey sings the National Anthem
Singing of the National Anthem

Remarks were made by Crossville Mayor James Maybery and Cumberland Co. Mayor Ken Carey.

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry

The guest speaker was TTU History Professor Dr. Michael Birdwell who spoke on Tennessee's involvement in the First World War

Historian Dr. Michael Birdwell shared information
about Tennesseans in WWI including Crossville's
Milo Lemmert.

Following the reading of names a call and answer version of Taps was played.
During the playing of Taps.

Additional Photos from the event are below:

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