JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Flame of Freedom made its last stop in Johnson City Wednesday evening before heading to Washington D.C. for Memorial Day ceremonies.
Rolling Thunder Chapter 4 of Tennessee held a ceremony at the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans Memorial to veterans and their families commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action.
The ceremony featured a presentation of the Flame of Freedom and a missing man table setting ceremony.
Community leaders spoke Wednesday honoring veterans and urged civilians to remember the meaning of Memorial Day.
Rolling Thunder member Kelly Nave spoke about remembering fallen American soldiers.
“It’s very important never to forget,” Nave said, “Memorial Day is simply to remember. And that’s what we must do while we are having our picnics, our cookouts, our celebrations. We need to take time to remember those who gave the most, the ultimate, and those that still serve today.”
Members of Rolling Thunder will carry the Flame of Freedom to Washington D.C. where it is used for other Memorial Day ceremonies.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.