As the daughter of a 20-year Air Force veteran, I grew up around military bases. The sound of fighter jets taking off and landing lulled me to sleep for the first 17 years of my life. Upon retirement, hearing crickets and frogs at night seemed like absolute silence compared to the roar of engines that ran exercises as part of the effort to keep our nation safe.
No day is more appropriate to honor our military veterans than the BIG DAY coming up on Monday, November 11th. At 11:00 a.m., the city will hold a service at Veterans Memorial Park – at the Wall – to thank those who have served. If you can’t be there, but still wish to honor a veteran in your life, you can. From the city website,
The Parks and Recreation Department will be offering flags that can be purchased for $10 to honor your veteran. The flag will be a 3â€™ x 5â€™ American flag attached to a 6 ft. pole that will also display your veteran’s Field ofinformation. The flags can be purchased thru the Parks and Recreation Department. Flags are limited. The flags will be put on display and they will be yours to take home after the conclusion of the ceremony. Please contact the Parks and Recreation office at (615) 793-3224 or stop by 294 Sand Hill Road.
Additionally, you can still buy a brick for the wall and describe their service. THIS is the time to honor a veteran in your life. Try to attend the event next Monday. Get a flag, get a brick. Let them know you care.