Seymour salutes veterans

The Young Marines present the colors while Meghan Mayes performs our National Anthem and Master of Ceremonies Sergeant Major Hatfield salutes the Flag.

The Young Marines present the colors while Meghan Mayes performs our National Anthem and Master of Ceremonies Sergeant Major Hatfield salutes the Flag.

The community was in full attendance at the inaugural “Seymour Salutes Veterans” event hosted by The Seymour Area Chamber of Commerce (SACC), created to honor and assist Veterans and those who serve.  The stage was set at First Baptist Church Seymour the morning of Saturday, November 8th as the fog obscured Bluff Mountain, soon to dissipate, giving way to the majestic view.  The air was filled with ‘50’s & ‘60’s music by Steven Canfield of Cruisin’ Memories as the stream of classic car and tractor enthusiasts brought out their beautiful vehicles for the spectators to relish.  Opening ceremonies began at noon, with local vocalist Meghan Mayes gracing the crowd with her angelic a cappella version of our blessed National Anthem.  The Young Marines presented the military colors and Master of Ceremonies, Sergeant Major David Hatfield, introduced Keynote speaker, Congressman Phil Roe of the first District of Tennessee, who spoke on his efforts to aid Eastern Tennessee’s Veterans, as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Local, antique tractors graced the lawn of First Baptist Church Seymour. Copyright KD Photography 2014.

Local, antique tractors graced the lawn of First Baptist Church Seymour. Copyright KD Photography 2014.

The day continued as non-profit organizations dedicated to serving Veterans came from around the state to aid our Veterans.  Local musicians and talent performed continuously throughout the event held from 10 am to 4:00 pm, graciously hosted by local band, Tested Faith.  “General” sponsors Colonial Loan Association and Network Technologies, US Cellular Authorized Agent, offered special services to our Veterans, attendees bid on the various silent auction items, food vendors offered an array of cuisine, attendees played a fundraising cornhole tournament, The Home Depot raffled off products for the cause, and the kids had a blast with activities and a “Build and Grow” workshop by Lowes Home Improvement.  The event was a success for all and the Chamber will be presenting proceeds to the Veterans Emergency Fund of Sevier County at an upcoming ceremony.

“We are very thankful for having a committee comprised of a majority of our local Veterans.  Their knowledge enabled us to develop an event that would best serve them and our community.   We are happy to be able to give back to our Veterans for all they have done for our freedoms,” said Linda Karam, Chamber President.  “We were also blessed to have tremendous support from a lot of our citizens and organizations such as the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department and Boys Scouts of America, to have been able to showcase local talent, and thrilled to have all of the antique tractors and cars at our inaugural Veterans’ event. We look forward to many of these vehicles participating in our 21st Annual Seymour Community Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 13th,” continued Karam.

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