published Friday, May 24th, 2013

Military Spotlight: Scouts honoring veterans Saturday

Scouts honoring veterans Saturday

The 36th annual Scouts Honor Veterans Service Project will take place Saturday at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

More than 1,600 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, volunteer leaders, family members and community supporters will participate in placing flags on the graves of 50,000 veterans interred at the cemetery.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and include a talk by a veteran, patriotic songs led by the Choo Choo Chorus and a three-volley honor salute by Vietnam veterans.

All participating Scouts will receive a patch in recognition of their service.

For more information, call 892-8323.

Basic training graduates

* Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland: Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua E. Benton, son of James Benton, graduate of Boyd-Buchanan School and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; Air Force Airman Kevin H. Reed, son of Max Reed of Spring City, graduate of Rhea County High School.

* Fort Leonard Wood: Army National Guard Pfc. Cortez D. Putman, son of Deardra McGee, graduate of Central High School; Army National Guard Pvt. David B. Tidwell, son of Barry Tidwell, graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School; Army Pvt. Levi A. Hall, grandson of Bill Meres of Athens, Tenn., graduate of McMinn County High School; and Army Pfc. James L. Lewis, son of Mary and Garrick Hall, graduate of Hixson High School.

Cemetery tour Monday evening

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is hosting a "torch light tour" of Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday at 8:45 p.m.

Historian Jim Ogden will lead the 90-minute, one-mile walking tour, reviewing the campaign of 1863 and its events through stories of those interred in the cemetery.

Participants should enter the cemetery off Holtzclaw Avenue and continue toward the old entrance arch in the southwest corner.

Wear comfortable, supportive footwear and weather-appropriate clothing, and bring water and a flashlight.

For more information, visit the National Military Park's website at

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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