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Memorial Day ceremony returning to airport
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The traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Warren County Memorial Airport is back for 2021. It begins at 7 a.m. this coming Monday.

“We had to cancel last year’s event because of COVID concerns,” said Mark Livengood, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Royce Davenport Chapter. “We hated to do that, but we hope everyone comes out this year to remember the 131 Warren countians, and all the other Americans, who have died in defense of this country.”

The guest speaker will be Terry Yates, former president of the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America. He entered the Army in 1968 and attended basic training at Fort Dix. After graduation, he attended medic school and then helicopter school. 

“I served in Phan Thiet in South Vietnam in the 1st Calvary Division as a helicopter medic,” said Yates. 

A different organization spearheads the Memorial Day service each year.

“It’s a lot of work, but it really is an honor,” said Livengood. “The VFW, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League and the Vietnam Veterans, we take turns conducting the service. It was our turn last year, but it was canceled.”

Warren County’s Memorial Day ceremony begins at 7 a.m. and includes a reading of the county’s war dead by County Executive Jimmy Haley and McMinnville Mayor Ryle Chastain. The ceremony traditionally ends with the playing of “Taps.”