Remembering Veterans: Johnson City Memorial Day Event

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The Johnson City Washington County Veterans Memorial is held it’s ninth annual Memorial Day program.

Jim Nelms, a World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veteran, gave a special speech.

The speech was followed by music, which will be provided by Bob Calliham and Jim Culp.

“I’ve always appreciated the military and I have high respect for everyone that endeavors in that attempt,” Culp said.

Many said Memorial Day is a reminder of grief that’s never ending. Anthony White’s son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

“It’s always the same feeling and it’s a mixture of extreme pride and extreme sadness at the same time,”  White said. “It’s just an emptiness in your soul that can never be filled in the joy of their presence being around you.”

On May 4th, 1970, Bonnie Lamb’s son “Jason” Lamb died serving in Vietnam. Every year her and her other children come to the war memorial to remember Jason’s life.

“He was my oldest son. I really miss him,” she said. “He was a good boy. I still got his car 63 and a half ford in the basement in the garage.”

Organizers of the event  say every fallen solider should be recognized on this holiday.

“We honor those men that didn’t make it back and also those men who were prisoners of war and that went missing in action,” said Gary Mcallister.

The Memorial at Kiwanis Park is a tribute to all who served from the Johnson City community since World War I.

There are 2,093 names on the wall and 351 of those are names of fallen soldiers.

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