KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (June 14, 2013) – Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was joined by County Commissioner David Wright, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones, and more than 150 Corryton community members for a Flag Day ceremony and barbecue luncheon at the Corryton Senior Center honoring veterans and properly retiring American flags. (Photos)
Knox County Director of Community Outreach Hemal Tailor, Veterans Service Officer Robert "Buzz" Buswell and Human Resource Manager Col. Richard Julian also attended the event.
Mayor Burchett presided over the ceremony, which was sponsored by Rural/Metro and local Boy Scouts of America Troup #500, Knox County Senior Services, Knox County Veterans Services and Rolling Thunder Inc. Tennessee Chapter 4.
"There are many veterans in Knox County who fought for our country in conflicts across the decades from World War II and Korea to Vietnam and the Gulf War," said Mayor Tim Burchett. "Through this Flag Day celebration, we want to honor those individuals who served in the armed forces and celebrate the symbol of our great country, the American flag."
BSA Troop #500 conducted a ceremony to formally and appropriately retire American flags.
Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit group traditionally made of veterans and motorcyclists dedicated to raising awareness for soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, donated a POW/MIA flag to the center and raised the flag in remembrance of those who are lost.
Flag Day commemorates the signing of the resolution to adopt the current design of the American flag by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The national observance was approved by President Harry S. Truman in 1949. Unofficial observance of the holiday, however, can be traced back to the mid to late 1800s.
(Photo Courtesy: Dan Andrews/Knoxville Focus)