Jonesborough honors veterans and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day

Hannah Swayze • Nov 11, 2018 at 8:44 PM

On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which we now know as Veterans Day, Tennessee’s oldest town paid respect to veterans. 

Jonesborough held its Veterans Musical Concert on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. The program is presented every year by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the Veterans Affairs Committee. 

Multiple groups and individuals took part in the concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the holiday originally called Armistice Day that signified the anniversary of the end of World War I. The holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

To kick off the concert, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard was there to present and retire the colors along with the Daniel Boone High School Marine Junior ROTC unit. This was followed by an opening prayer by The Rev. Craig Ford, who is also Jonesborough’s operations manager. 

Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest said a few words at the beginning of the program about honoring veterans. He spoke of veterans in his life and among his co-workers and friends, and their impact on his life. 

The musical performance was given by the Appalachian Express Chorus, directed by Mark Kettner. The chorus filled the air with the a capella sounds of patriotic music, with songs such as “America the Beautiful.” The audience joined in as the group led a grand rendition of songs representing each branch of the military. Veterans of each branch were asked to stand during the coinciding song of their branch. 

“Thank you to all the veterans amongst us, known and unknown, we appreciate your service. You are our country’s foundation, and we are blessed that you are amongst us,” said Vest.

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