Tennesseans pause to remember fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Tennesseans pause to remember fallen soldiers on Memorial Day (Image 1)

Americans paused to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country Monday.

Plenty of Mid-State communities honored servicemen and women this Memorial Day with patriotic events, including in Williamson County.

Folks of all ages packed Williamson County Veterans Park in Franklin Monday for its annual Memorial Day Service.

“Their sacrifice, their valor shall be justified and shall be remembered for as long as God gives us this nation,” said Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson.

The inclement weather held out long enough to allow the spotlight to be on those who matter on this day.

“This is obviously a very patriotic county and they’re going to come out rain or shine,” said Ken Marshall of Williamson County Veterans Service.

News 2 spoke with Joyce Mount about her son Warrant Officer Judson E. Mount of the U.S. Army who was one of the many honored Monday.

Mount died in 2009 after his convoy vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

“I know he was where he wanted to be. This has always been a special day, but it means so much more to me now,” said Joyce Mount.

Mount, along with other fallen heroes from Williamson County, are part of an exhibit at the Williamson County Archives.  

A bridge in downtown Franklin also honors Mount.

Joyce Mount told News 2 she recently received a proclamation from Governor Bill Haslam to represent all Gold Star families in Tennessee, which are those families who also lost a son or daughter while in service.

“To be so brave and to volunteer and go knowing that you might die and they all do that in such a way I can’t imagine,” she said.

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