Veterans Day-related activities set for Johnson City

Tony Casey • Nov 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Local administrations, businesses, and groups will provide different ways to honor those who have served our country for Veterans Day this year. Here's a list of some activities planned for the area:

• On Thursday at 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony on East Tennessee State University’s campus in observance of Veterans Day, put on by the Veterans Affairs Standing Committee, the Student Veterans of American, and the ETSU Department of Military Science. The public is welcomed to join the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in the quadrangle behind Gilbreath Hall.

It will have the ETSU Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets placing a wreath as “Taps” plays. Speakers will include ETSU President Brian Noland, who will re-dedicate the memorial, Major Mario Soto, a student at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Colonel Dennis Hamm, who’s retired from the Army and now serving as an academic advisor at ETSU, and Retired Lieutenant General Ron Hite, who will also speak.

Hite, a 1964 ETSU graduate, has collected 33 years of military service and has an extensive background in the Army. He’s the CEO of Cypress International and an active supporter of the university.

• At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, there will be a ceremony for veterans on Friday at 1 p.m. in room A061 in building 200. Retired Colonel Robert S. McNamara and Medical Center Director Charlene S. Ehret will speak at the annual Veterans Day Program. Members of the Science Hill High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will post the colors as patriotic music plays. The ceremony is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

• Veterans, too, need to fill their bellies, and on Nov. 11, across the country Texas Roadhouse restaurants are offering what they call a ‘Texas-size thank you for serving our country’ with free lunch offered to those who have served in armed forces. Veterans with proper identification can choose from one of 10 entree choices with two sides and a drink.

• Tennessee State Senator Rusty Crowe will be the featured speaker at an event hosted by the Johnson City-Washington County Veterans’ Memorial Committee on Monday at 1 p.m. It will take place at the Memorial site and will feature a ceremony including ROTC cadets from ETSU, who are helping assist in the ceremony.

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