Don Buell, a Vietnam veteran from Pineville, sang a gospel song during the Celebrate Freedom Program held in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot on May 17. The annual event marked the celebration of Armed Forces Day.
Marsha Bratton, Kentucky Path Chapter, NSDAR registrar and past regent, lays a wreath at the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker, located in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot Park, during the Armed Forces Day Celebrate Freedom program. Members of the Middlesboro High School Yellow Jacket Marching Band, directed by Suzanne Lee, played taps for the wreath laying.
Jim Hyde, organizer and master of ceremonies of Celebrate Freedom, sang “One Gave All,” a song written by his friend Shane Roark. Celebrate Freedom is an annual program that salutes active members and veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard on Armed Forces Day.
Marsha Bratton, Kentucky Path Chapter, NSDAR registrar, and Debbie Knuckles, executive director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia — Kentucky, listen to Maj. Steve Fuson’s address. As part of their effort to promote literacy in the Tri-County area, Kentucky Path Chapter invited Knuckles to the Armed Forces Day event to give a book to a child pre-school to third grade.
Saundra Mullins, a member of Auxiliary 8652, Coeburn, Va., and Sandra Marcum, Middlesboro, pay their respects at the Tri-County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in the park at the Middlesboro City Parking Lot. The wreath was placed by Kentucky Path Chapter, NSDAR in honor of Armed Forces Day.