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Memorial Day, 2024 Guest Speaker
James Lindsey.heic

James Lindsey, a native of Greenville, MS, graduated from Greenville Christian School in 1975. In June of that same year, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a machine gunner in an infantry unit on the west coast. A few months later, he was transferred to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Over the next two and a half years that would be his duty station. In 1977, he was selected to be one of 24 Marines in the Marine Corps to serve as an honor guard for Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrated her Silver Jubilee. Upon returning to the United States, the unit he was serving in was chosen to go on a goodwill cruise to 17 countries in Africa and South America.

Upon completion of serving in the Marines, James returned to Mississippi and in 1980 married and had two boys. During the next 21 years he farmed in the Mississippi Delta. Then tragically, in 2002 his wife died, which was a major turning point in his life. Over the next few years, he served as chaplain for a hospice company, photographer for a local newspaper, and sales representative for a medical company.

In 2007, James met his present wife and soon he moved to Clarksville, TN. There for the next 9 years he continued to work for the same medical company as a sales rep and then worked his way up to manager of the Clarksville location.

In 2016, he applied for, and was selected to be, the next Director of the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. While serving there, he soon observed that there were no honors being rendered to the unclaimed veterans. This became one of the main points on his agenda. Before he left almost 5 years later every unclaimed veteran was given the honor due him.

In 2020, he left the cemetery to start working at Memphis Funeral Home. There was something he had always longed to do and that was to go to college. So, at 65 years young, he enrolled in John Gupton College and two years later at age 67 he received his Funeral Directors license. It is his heart’s desire to continue serving veterans and will always thank God for this nation we call THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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Honoring All Veterans

May 31, 2021
(Monday)

West Tennessee

Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis, TN 38125

Office hours – M-F  8:00am- 4:30pm

Our gates are open 24/7

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.  -Laurance Binyon, Poems for the Fallen

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Flag Placement Day
  • Saturday, May 25th
  • Scout Program - 9:00 am
  • Flag Placement - 9:20 am

Master of Ceremonies

  • Joseph D Kyles, Retired Shelby County Coordinator for Veterans Services

 

11:00 AM

National Anthem

  • Lonnie Coleman

Flyover

  • Bird Dogs

       Phil Free

       Mark Cardwell

  • Stearman

       Julie Thomas

       Howard Thomas

Posting of Colors

  • 164th AW Memphis Belle

       Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance

  • All

Invocation

  • Reverend Robert Clark, Jr., Piperton United Methodist Church

Welcome/Remarks

  • Jennifer S. Heiselman, Director

       West Tennessee State

       Veterans Cemetery

Guest Speaker  

  • James Lindsey, Former Director

       West Tennessee State

       Veterans Cemetery

Memorial Day Music

  • Bartlett Community Band under the direction of Dr. Rhendle Millen

  • Bagpipes, Dr. Ben Kemker

 

God Bless America

  • All

21 Gun Salute

  • Germantown Police Honor Guard

Taps

  • Steve Guinn
     

Retiring the Colors

  • 164th AW Memphis Belle

       Color Guard

GOLF CART TRANSPORTATION

PROVIDED AS NEEDED

Flag Retrieval Day

  • Saturday, June 1st

  • Begins at 9 a.m.

  • Weather Permitting

      (Flags must be dry for storage)

 

Flag Placement Day
  • Saturday, November 11th
  • Begins at 9 a.m.

Nov. 11, 2023

(Saturday)

Begins at 2:00 PM

Memorial Day
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Veterans Day

May 27, 2024

(Monday)

Begins at 11:00 AM

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery will be the only cemetery with flags displayed on every grave

Master of Ceremonies

  • Joseph D Kyles, Retired Shelby County Coordinator for Veterans Services

 

2:00 PM

National Anthem

  • Lonnie Coleman

Flyover

  • Bird Dogs and Stearman

Posting of Colors

  • Fayette-Ware Honor Guard

        Navy JROTC

Pledge of Allegiance

  • All

Invocation

  • Reverend Robert Clark, Jr., Pastor    Piperton United Methodist Church

Welcome/Remarks

  • Rodney Shaw, Director West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

Guest Speaker  

  • Colonel Elmer Follis

  • US Air Force (Ret.)                       

Veterans Day Music

  • Bartlett Community Band under the direction of Dr. Rhendle Millen       

  • Bagpipes: Dr. Ben Kemker

Armed Forces Medley

God Bless America

  • All

 

21 Gun Salute

  • Germantown Police Honor Guard

Taps

  • Sgt. Charly L Wells, Sr., USMC Bugle

Retiring the Colors

  • Fayette-Ware Honor Guard

       Navy JROTC

GOLF CART TRANSPORTATION

PROVIDED AS NEEDED

Flag Retrieval Day

  • Saturday, November 18th

  • Begins at 9 a.m.

  • Weather Permitting

      (Flags must be dry for storage)

Dec. 16, 2023
(Saturday)
Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Opening Ceremony
Placement of Wreaths

Veterans

Grave Locator

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West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

All events are hosted by the West Tennessee Cemetery Support Group.  Co-Hosted by the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

 

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery is a State of Tennessee run cemetery that opened in 1992.  The director is Jennifer Heiselman and there are presently over 26,172 + graves.  Veterans and their spouses are allowed to be buried at the cemetery.  Golf carts will assist those unable to walk from the parking area to the program center.