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Community Pays Tribute to Veterans

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

veterans-dayThe Grundy County Veteran’s Historical Society focuses public attention on those in our county who have served in the nation’s military.

The Grundy County Herald publishes a special section listing the names of our living veterans. Local businesses and individuals sponsor this section.

The list will be read live, on GCTV during the Grundy County Veteran’s Historical Society’s annual Veteran’s Day program, Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Readers and viewers are asked to help make the list more accurate. Keep in mind that this is a list of living veterans (deceased veterans are recognized separately). If you know of a living veteran whose name is not on the list, or of one who is on the list but has passed away, please contact a Veteran’s Historical Society member and help update the records by calling Betty Jo Turner at 931-779-5020.

“We urge everyone to tune in to this recognition program as the list is being read, jot down the names of those you know have served, and make a special effort to convey gratitude to the veterans that you come in contact with. Something as simple as a phone call, a text, or a card of thanks will show them our appreciation,” said Ray Winton, president of the Veteran’s Historical Society. “It’s a small, but meaningful thing that each of us can do, which will make that vet’s day brighter.”

Winton also suggests that expressions of gratitude be made to those who sponsor this program. A list of these sponsors is included the Veteran’s Day edition of the Grundy County Herald, adjacent to the vets names list.

The live GCTV program will begin at 7:15 a.m., and last for two hours. In addition to reading the names of our living veterans, the Veteran’s Historical Society will recognize one living veteran from each community as the Living Veterans of the Year 2015.

The Veteran’s Historical Society had a fire loss and lost much of its data regarding our deceased Veterans. We continue to ask for your help in bringing the Veteran’s Historical Society up to date.

“We were fortunate to have the data sheet records of our living veterans at a different location when the fire occurred, but the records of our deceased vets, which we kept in a different file cabinet where burned. Therefore, we need to get information about all those who have passed on back in our files.

You can be of help. If you know of a veteran who has passed on, please contact Betty Jo Nunley at 931-779-5020, and we will send you a data form. Or, go to our web site at and print one off. Even if all you know is the name of the vet, please help us with whatever information you can supply,” stated Winton.

David Lowrie has assisted with the TV program each year since its inception, and will continue to co-host that event with Winton. Thomas Rollins, a WWII Veteran uses the society’s ceremonial bugle to play “Taps,” the plaintive instrumental tribute to the deceased.

As most of you know, the Veteran’s Historical Society’s founding member, Y. B. Ashby, passed away. We humbly ask for your support of this little this organization. If you would like to become active in carrying on the recognition that Ashby started many years ago, please contact Gayle VanHooser at 931-692-3621.

“We only meet when it is necessary to plan an event to recognize the service of our veterans and their families, so your time commitment is very limited,” stated VanHooser.

The group is actively seeking memberships from the citizens of Grundy County. You can print a membership form off the website at and mail in you membership dues.

“Please, consider becoming involved in any or all of the aspects of this worthy cause that continues to recognize the service of our veterans, the service of their families, and preserving the history of Grundy County veterans,” stated Winton.

The next event to recognize our Veterans will be the WWII luncheon on December 4, at 12 p.m., at the Coalmont Community Center. If you know a WWII Veteran, please invite them to attend this event and turn in their name and that of a guest to Gayle VanHooser. If you would like to volunteer for the event, let Gayle know as well!