“This tree was dedicated November 2019 in honor of the brave Americans who have served our country in times of war and peace”
This is the inscription on a beautiful granite marker that was dedicated, along with a Tulip Popular Tree, during a celebration of the lives and the service of American veterans and active duty military held on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Hendersonville.
In a collaborative effort by the General Jethro Sumner Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9851, Hendersonville Parks Department, and Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, an impressive Dedication Ceremony was held in Memorial Park.
The Tulip Popular Tree is designated as the Tennessee State Tree and this particular tree was grown by American Heritage Trees from seeds that came from the gravesite of Sgt. Alvin C. York, a WWI soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts in combating the enemy.
Speakers for the ceremony included General Jethro Sumner Chapter Regent Nancy Dowell Gilley, VFW Senior Vice Commander Dave Moomy, Director Andy Gilley of the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation Department, and DAR Conservation Committee Chair Cynthia Rouch.
Members of the Overmountain Mens Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the direction of Choral Director Elizabeth Evans, Hendersonville High School Select Chorus members, Megan Sewell and Analisa Hayman, performed the National Anthem.
The Sumner County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 240 posted the Colors. VFW member Tyler Randall performed Taps. Also participating in the ceremony was DAR Chaplain Virginia Melton and VFW Chaplain Willie Wright.
Each of these organizations is committed to honor veterans’ and active duty military’s service and sacrifice for their country and for keeping our country “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Nancy Gilley, Regent, General Jethro Sumner Chapter, NSDAR.