(ALCOA, TN) The “5th Annual Memorial Decoration Day Celebration” was Monday morning at Cedar Lawn Cemetery. About 100 citizens were there to honor black veterans and their families. Attendance was deterred by drizzling rain. The event has attracted over 300 participants in prior years.
The celebration of black veterans began promptly at noon with Blount County veterans raised the flag during a 21-gun salute and bugle taps performed by members of the volunteer East Tennessee Honor Guard under the direction of Reid Gephardt.