Memorial Day, a holiday remembering the men and women who died while serving honorably in the U.S. Military, will have a most special meaning this year at the Veterans Memorial Park in Collegedale. A Memorial Day program will take place on Monday, May 31, beginning at 4:00pm, which includes an unveiling of a life size bronze sculpture of a female Army nurse. The sculpture pays tribute to all women that have served honorably in the United States Military.
World class artist Greg Johnson, creator of the unique bronze sculpture and the newest addition to the Park, will be part of the ceremony and dedication. Johnson also created the bronze sculpture of Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Desmond T. Doss, Jr., that currently holds a prominent place at Veterans Park.
Mathew Miller, Director of Public Relations for Veterans Memorial Park and Master of Ceremonies for the event said, “The park is home to several unique pieces of military armament, but to me, the sculptures impress me the most, they speak directly to the humanity of war…….the addition of the Army Nurse this year will add yet another element of humanity to this beautiful and mature Veterans Park.”
Special guest speakers for the Memorial Day Ceremony and Unveiling include U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Mayor of Collegedale the Honorable Katie Lamb, retired Army veteran Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Ringwood, and Bill McGhinnis, treasurer of the Veterans Memorial Park Board. Music will be provided by The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and directed by Jeremy Francisco.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held rain or shine at Veterans Memorial Park on 9318 Apison Pike in Collegedale. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket. For more information on the ceremony, contact Mathew Miller at 423-580-4999 or the City of Collegedale at 423-396-3135.