In a salute to all Warren countians who served in the U.S. military, five of the community’s World War II combat veterans will talk about their wartime experiences in a public radio broadcast this Saturday morning, May 21.
WCPI 91.3 partners with American Legion Post 173 and McMinnville’s Noon Exchange Club to hold the roundtable discussion from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the second-floor auditorium of Magness Library. The public is invited to attend the free event which is designed to honor all veterans, especially those from Warren County.
“In the week before Memorial Day, we wanted to pause for a special time of respect and gratitude toward all who have served in the uniforms of our nation,” said Dr. Norman Rone, president of the nonprofit Warren County Education Foundation, owner and licensee of WCPI. “We owe our freedom, independence and way of life to the sacrifices made by our veterans, and this is just a small way saying thank you and reminding the public of the profound significance of Memorial Day, May 30.”
World War II veterans Charles Smith, Howard Locke, Magness Jordan, Jack Puckett and Hubert Boyd have been invited to join in the radio conversation about their battle experiences, including the D-Day invasion that marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany’s aggression and genocide in the West and Imperial Japan’s barbaric onslaught and terror in the Pacific, said John Davis, commander of the local American Legion unit.
The Southern Standard will provide online video coverage of highlights of the program, with senior writer Duane Sherrell directing the video production. In addition to the real-time broadcast, the recorded program will be aired in its entirety at a later date, yet to be announced, on 91.3 FM.
An honor guard from Warren County High School’s award-winning JROTC program will present the colors and set the American and Tennessee flags in what has historically been a very impressive patriotic ceremony, organizers said.
WCPI program director Mary Cantrell underscored the welcome to all citizens to join in the audience for the live broadcast.
“But as seating will be limited to about 100, we respectfully ask our veterans be allowed to be seated first, with the remaining chairs going to everyone else,” Cantrell said.