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In honor of Armed Forces Day, a Celebrate Freedom event has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Middlesboro city parking lot. People are asked to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the celebration.

Organizers say it is a great opportunity for residents to come out and support the troops.

is Maj. Steve Fuson is the guest speaker. Fuson was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard after completing Officer Candidate School and graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1995.

Prior to joining the Kentucky Army National Guard, Fuson spent four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a squad leader in the first Gulf War during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. During the current wars on terrorism, he has served as an executive officer during Operation Enduring Freedom and company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Some of Fuson’s awards and decorations include the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, five Army commendation medals and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (Iraqi Freedom).

Fuson is currently the Area Operations Officer for the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Richmond. He is an employee of the Bell County School System.

There will also be a presentation by wounded warrior, Sgt. Deven Schei. He joined the military after his brother, Erik, was wounded in combat. His injures rendered him a quadriplegic

Schei would also be wounded in combat after being hit with four 80 mm rockets and being shot in the left shoulder. As a result, he lost a portion of his left calf, left thigh, a slip disc in his back, cartilage missing from his back and knees, tendinitis, loss of eye sight in his left eye, along with PTSD and TBI.

“I want wounded warriors to understand there is life outside of the military,” said Schei in a press release. “My brother, Erick, is the perfect example. He motivates me to keep going every day. He never lets anything get him down.”

Other events that will take place during the celebration include the recognition of service personnel (Jim Hyde), a table presentation by Middlesboro JROTC, patriotic songs by the Middlesboro band and a wreath laying ceremony.

A gospel concert will follow the event.

Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.

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