Veterans Plaza to receive Blue Star marker

Staff Reports • Updated Feb 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Town and Country Garden Club of Wilson County will celebrate the installation of a Blue Star Marker for the Wilson County Veterans Plaza next week with a ceremony.

The club will celebrate the installation with community dignitaries and several invited guests, including the Tennessee Air National Guard 118th Wing Base Honor Guard, at 11 a.m. at the plaza.

The Blue Star Memorial Marker program began in 1945 to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces during World War II. The name was chosen for the star on flags displayed in homes and businesses denoting a family member serving. 

Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley will deliver the military tribute during the ceremony.

Bradley, retired U.S. Air Force, is the president and CRO of The Lamia Afghan Foundation, which builds schools for girls in Afghanistan. It establishes literacy and sewing training programs for women, and also gathers, moves and distributes humanitarian aid to families, camp, orphanages, schools, hospitals and rural villages across the country. 

Bradley retired after 41 years of service and was the Chief of Air Force Reserve, headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, the largest Major Command in the U.S. Air Force, responsible for over 76,000 airmen.

Lauren Gregory, Cumberland University music major, will also perform during the ceremony, while Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash will make remarks.

Town and Country Garden Club of Wilson County members will discuss the history and significance of the Blue Star Marker.

Markers continue to be dedicated each year on highways, veterans’ facilities, national cemeteries, parks and civic and historic sites, showing appreciation for those who defend the country.


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