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Memorial Day, a Day to Remember

Host Lamar Wilkie welcomes everyone in attendance to the ceremony

Monday is Memorial Day. Americans observe the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Commander Kimberly King of Manchester’s VFW speaks during Saturday’s event

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

On Saturday, a remembrance ceremony was held at the downtown memorial in Manchester. The event was hosted by the local veterans’ organizations.

Speakers spoke to those who gathered to never forget military members that perished while fighting for the freedom we enjoy in America.

Top Photo: Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard raises the American Flag

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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