MIDDLESBORO — Today kicks off Armed Forces Week in the United Stated, and many events will take place across the nation to support and celebrate its troops.
In Middlesboro,the Armed Forces Day Celebration, which is sponsored by the Crater City Gospel Music Association (CCGMA), will be held today at 2:00 p.m. in the Middlesboro city parking lot. The event is co-sponsored by Karen Potter-Hughes, who is a Regent with the Kentucky Path Chapter of the NSDAR.
The celebration is being held in support of the “Mountain Warriors”, the Kentucky National Guard Unit in Middlesboro.
The Bell County High School JROTC will be presenting the colors during the event. The pledge will be presented by Cheyanne Miracle.
There will be patriotic songs sang during the program, as well as the recognition of the Kentucky National Guard anniversary and their role in the war of 1812. A special presentation by the Middlesboro High School Army JROTC will follow the recognition.
Bell County Attorney Neil Ward will be giving a speech during the event as well. Kentucky Path Chapter of the NSDAR will perform the honor of placing of the wreaths for those who have fallen.
The closing prayer will be led by Pastor Donnie Buell.
The Mountain Warriors will have some of their equipment on display during the event. Immediately after the celebration a gospel concert will be presented at the bandstand in the parking lot. Performing will be the Reeves Family, The Cupps, and Crimson Ridge.
The very first Armed Forces Day was on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense. National Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday of each May.