Governor Honors Fallen Service Members At Memorial Day Ceremony
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Six Tennessee service members killed in the line of duty were honored at a Memorial Day ceremony in Nashville.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Major General Terry "Max" Haston were on hand for the ceremony at War Memorial Plaza on Friday morning.
Governor Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag as well as an Iris, the official state flower.
“As we pause to remember these six brave fathers, brothers, sons and husbands, I would ask that we also remember the families they left behind,” Haslam said. “Although we can never repay their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we can honor their memories by never taking it for granted.”
Those memorialized were Warrant Officer One Sean Mullen, Staff Sergeant Stephen New and Staff Sergeant Daniel Lee, who were killed in action while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013-2014.
Two others honored, Major Howard Andre, Jr. and Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods, had been missing in action for several decades before being recovered and laid to rest in 2013-2014.
The governor also declared May 23, 2014, as Gold Star Family Day, and presented the proclamation to Gold Star Mother Joyce Mount, of Franklin. Mount’s son, Warrant Officer One Judson Mount, died in April 2009, five months after being injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.