A program, presented by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, was held at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Monday to honor troops who have lost their lives in recognition of Memorial Day.
The presentation kicked off with a welcome by Kevin Knowles, Director of East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. The welcome was followed by an invocation led by Herb Kraehmer, Chaplain of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard.
A presentation of colors was presented by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard, as well as the playing of Taps. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs was present as he made a speech for those in attendance. The closing prayer was led by Ed Layman.
Volunteers from all over East Tennessee planted small American flags beside all of the veteran’s graves in the cemetery.
The East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery is located at 2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Highway in South Knoxville.