Sunday, November 7, 2010

Several Veterans Day Programs Planned In Putnam

More than 370 soldiers from units in Cookeville and the surrounding area were honored on Sunday in a ceremony at Avery Trace Middle School.  The soldiers of the National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment recently returned from Iraq, and officials say the ceremony was intended to not only honor them, but their families and members of their communities who assisted the units and families during deployment.  Each soldier was given an American flag, a ceremonial coin, medallion and lapel pin to commemorate their service to this country.  The ceremony comes just a few days before a Veterans Day Open House and celebration planned for this Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Building at 90 E. Spring Street, in Cookeville. It will take place from 10 am to 1 pm and is intended to honor all soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Special Veterans Day events are also planned at several Putnam County schools, including a program at the Cookeville High School Auditorium at seven o'clock Thursday night; one at Cornerstone Middle School just after nine o'clock Thursday morning, and one at Algood School, also at 9 am Thursday.