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City honors service members with ceremony

ELIZABETHTON (Nov 14, 2017) - Promoting the history of veterans continues to be a prime objective for community members.

Surrounded by the names of Carter County and Elizabethton servicemen and women who sacrificed their time and lives for their country, residents, officials and veterans met at the Veterans Memorial Memorial in Historic Downtown Elizabethton for the city’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Led by City Mayor Pro-Tem and Walk of Honor/War Memorial Oversight Committee Chair Bill Carter, Saturday’s ceremony featured a variety of activities to recognize the actions of veterans. Ranging from a rousing rendition of the national by community songstress Loretta Bowers, a 21-gun volley provided by American Legion Post #49 Honor Guard and a presentation of the “Empty Table” – a solemn tradition performed at military presentations to remember those unable to be in attendance.

World War II veteran Earl Ellis was also commended for his efforts and provided with recognition by Robert Barnes during the ceremony.

Ever humble, Ellis said he appreciated the acknowledgement and spent the conclusion of the ceremony mingling with attendees.

Read the full article from the Elizabethton Star here.