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      CANCELED - 2021 MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM 

             PLACEMENT OF FLAGS TO CONTINUE

It is with the deepest regret we must cancel this year’s Memorial Day Program at the

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.  The certainty of past COVID-19 deaths and

the potential impact of failed social distancing requires us to be mindful of the danger

of any size group gathering. At this writing, most of us are trying to be true to the

"social distancing and wearing of mask orders" because that is the only way to limit the

spread of this disease.


Every day we remember and respect our loved ones and other veterans and their

families for sacrifices they made for us every day.  The delegated dates on a calendar

give us an opportunity to come together as a group to put on programs to remember

and respect our loved ones and other veterans and their families for sacrifices they

made for us.  If we are unable to come together as a physical group on particular

dates, we can still remember and respect our loved ones and other veterans and

their families from our individual homes for sacrifices they made for us. Every aspect

of our efforts to present a program at the cemetery involves consideration for those

attending the program, those volunteers called upon to place the individual flags, and

to work the program to make it meaningful and heartfelt.

 

With a heavy heart, the prudent thing to do is to cancel this year’s Memorial Day 

Program and have volunteers place and retrieve the individual flags while

observing social distancing and wearing a mask when required.

PLACEMENT OF INDIVIDUAL FLAGS - SATURDAY, MAY 29 - 8:00 a.m.

RETRIEVAL OF INDIVIDUAL FLAGS - SATURDAY,  JUNE  5 - 8:00 a.m.

 

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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

Information
Nov 10, 2019

2:00 PM (Sunday)

 

Events

American Flags proudly displayed on all 22,000 Veterans Graves by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

 

Today's Agenda:

Master of Ceremonies

   Joseph D. Kyles,

   Retired Shelby County Coordinator for           Veterans Services

 

National Anthem

Jim Cronk

Flyover
Bird Dog Flight

Posting of Colors

US Naval Sea Cadets Corps

TN-BB43 - NSA MID SOUTH

 

Pledge of Allegiance

All

 

Invocation

Reverend Robert Clark, Jr.

Calvary United Methodist Church

 

Welcome/Remarks

James Lindsey, Director

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

Guest Speaker

Major General Dexter Tutor, Retired

Veterans Day Music

Bartlett Community Band

Under the Direction of Dr. Rendle Millen

Remarks

Joseph D. Kyles,

Retired Shelby County Coordinator for Veterans Services

 

God Bless America

Jim Cronk

 

21 Gun Salute

Germantown Special Weapons & Tactics Team

 

TAPS

Sgt. Charly L. Wells, Sr, USMC Bugler

 

Retiring the Colors

US Naval Sea Cadets Corps

TN-BB43 - NSA MID SOUTH

 

Bagpipers 

Donnie Culver

Kenneth Hiner
Dr. Ben Kemker

 

Flag Placement Day

  • Saturday, November 9th

  • Begins at 8 AM

 

Flag Retrieval Day

  • Tuesday, November 12th

  • Begins at 7 AM

  • Weather Permitting (Flags must be dry for storage)

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Bartlett Community Band 

City of Germantown Fire Department

City of Germantown Police Department

City of Germantown Special Weapons & Tactics Team 

164th Airlift Wing, TN Air Nat'l Guard

Local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Jim Cronk, Vocalist

Charly L. Wells, Sr., Bugler

Donnie Culver, Bagpiper

Kenneth Hiner, Bagpiper

Dr. Ben Kemker, Bagpiper

Jim Cronk, vocalist

Ladd’s Golf Carts

US Naval Sea Cadets Corps

TN-BB43 - NSA MID SOUTH

Bob Greenwald, Sound System

Kroger, Houston-Levee, Collierville donated cases of water

 

Program Presented by:

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Support Committee

www.westtennesseeveterans.com and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services www.tn.gov.gov/veteran

May 31, 2021

12:00 Noon (Monday)

Flyovers

Bird Dog Flight

Stearman Flight

   (one plane with smoke)

Taps

Sgt. Charly L. Wells, Sr, USMC Bugler

Dec. 14, 2019

11:00 AM (Saturday)

Ceremony

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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.