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BRIGADIER GENERAL
HARRY D. MONTGOMERY, JR.

Retired Brigadier General Harry D. Montgomery Jr. served as Chief of Staff, Tennessee Air National Guard, Nashville, Tennessee. He was responsible for organizing, training, and equipping approximately 3,600 Air National Guardsmen in Tennessee's three flying wings (C-5A, KC-135R, and C-130H) and three mission support units.  He served as principal advisor to Assistant Adjutant General – Air on matters pertaining to the Tennessee Air National Guard and also served as Deputy Joint Chief of Staff, Joint Force Headquarters - Tennessee.  General Montgomery received his commission in October 1982 through the Academy of Military Science at McGhee-Tyson Air Base, Knoxville, Tennessee.  Prior to his commissioning, he enlisted in the United States Navy in June 1974 where he served aboard the USS Independence and the USS Eisenhower as a helicopter aircrew member based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. In August 1978 he joined the Tennessee Army National Guard as a helicopter crew chief assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Knoxville, Tennessee. General Montgomery graduated from the University of Tennessee in December 1981 and enlisted in the 134th Air Refueling Group. He completed the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, Tennessee and was commissioned in 1982. He was selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training and received his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona in 1983. General Montgomery is a Command Pilot with over 8,000 hours of experience and last flew the C-5.

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Honoring All Veterans

May 31, 2021
(Monday)

West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery
West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

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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

Rodney Shaw  Director #901-543-7005

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 28th
  • Begins at 8 a.m.

We are excited to announce we will have a full ceremony this year for Memorial Day! 

Master of Ceremonies

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

 

National Anthem

  • Lonnie Coleman

Flyover

Bird Dog Flight

  • Phil Free

  • Brian Flax

  • Steve Stires

  • Mark Cardwell


Stearman Flight

  • Julie Thomas

  • Howard Thomas

  • Ben Thomas

Posting of Colors

  • 164th Airlift Wing

Pledge of Allegiance

  • All

Invocation

  • Reverend Robert Clark, Jr. Calvary United Methodist Church

Welcome/Remarks

  • Rodney Shaw, Director West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

Guest Speaker  

  • Retired Brigadier General Harry D. Montgomery Jr.

Memorial Day Music

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

God Bless America

  • All

21 Gun Salute

  • Germantown Police Honor Guard

Taps

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

Missing Man Formation

  • Bird Dog Flight

Retiring the Colors

Flag Retrieval Day

  • Saturday, June 4th

  • Begins at 8 a.m.

  • Weather Permitting

      (Flags must be dry for storage)

 

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, there will be no formal ceremony for 2021. 

 

11:00 AM
National Anthem

11:01 - Flyovers from east to west over the flag pole

  • Bird Dog Flight
           Phillip Free
           Steve Stires
           Mark Cardwell
           Brian Flax

     

  • Stearman Flight
           Julie Thomas
           

21 Gun Salute
Germantown Special Weapons & Tactics Team

 

Taps
Sgt. Charly L. Wells, Sr, USMC Bugler

 

Missing Man Flyover

 

Please remember to maintain social distancing and wear masks where required. 

Flag Placement Day
  • Saturday, November 6th
  • Begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 11, 2021

(Thursday)

Memorial Day
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Veterans Day

Flag Retrieval Day

  • Saturday, November 13

  • Begins at 8 a.m.

  • Weather Permitting

      (Flags must be dry for storage)

May 30, 2022

(Monday)

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

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 Rodney Shaw 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.