Veteran's Day Tribute

 Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout Monument Dedication

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Loudon County Historic Courthouse

November 12, 2008

By: Pat Hunter

On a crisp, cold, overcast Tuesday morning, many gathered to pay tribute and honor to our brave men and women that served our country. Members of the military place their lives in danger and some pay the price with their life, to defend and protect our country, our freedoms and our liberties.

Under the backdrop of majestic oaks on the historic grounds of the old Loudon Courthouse and a canopy of brilliant colored leaves, Gold Star Mothers, fathers, family, friends, and community residents gathered to hear veterans and dignitaries speak. Thanks and acknowledgements were paid to our veterans in times of war and peace, past and present.

Representatives from the American Legion 9, Post 120 American Legion and Post VFW 5150 thanked and paid tribute to fallen soldiers. There was a moment of recognition of Gold Star mothers including Mrs. Sarah Crabtree, mother of Harry C. Crabtree, Jr., Mrs. Iris Walden and Mrs. Davis, mother of Sgt. Stout, and Mr. Bill Koprince, father of William "Billy" Koprince. Ken Shockley was thanked for his work in organizing the event and his work with the memorial to Sgt. Stout.

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., thanked the fallen heroes who defend our Country and their families. He spoke about duty, honor and country and faith, freedom and peace.    

A tribute was made to the memory of Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout, a young man who helped save his unit while loosing his own life. Sgt. Stout received the Congressional Medal of Honor. An honorary high school diploma was presented to his mother, Mrs. Davis, by Lenoir City School Principal Steve Millsaps and Lenoir City School Director Wayne Miller. Sgt. Stout had not completed high school and this was Lenoir City's way to show thanks for his valiant action. A monument was dedicated in his honor. 

    

It was a day for honoring and remembering fallen soldiers with words of thanks, ceremonial wreaths and flowers and monument dedication for those who died while serving in the military. Click here Video Clip The Lenoir City High School Band played a medley of  military themes and the Lenoir City High School chorus sang the National Anthem Video Clip  and America the Beautiful.

    

Video Clip The Honor Guard rendered a 21-gun salute, followed by Taps. There was a slight distraction, when a friendly pooch blazed a trail across the courthouse lawn at the sound of gun fire. The event concluded with a helicopter fly-over as friends and families heard patriotic music and said their goodbyes.               

    

          

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