AMVETS presents Crowe with Silver Bayonet Award

From Staff Reports
NASHVILLE -- Senator Rusty Crowe of Upper East Tennessee received the Silver Bayonet Legislative Award for 2003 from the American Veterans of Tennessee during a recent ceremony in Newport. Earlier this year, AMVETS notified him that he had earned this highly coveted award.
"I am truly honored to accept this Silver Bayonet Award from AMVETS," stated Crowe. "Its members have demonstrated that they care more about the purpose of freedom than they do their very own lives and have given what they could. That being their 'blood, toil, tears and sweat,' as the great Winston Churchill once phrased it during a most dark hour in the history of England."
James T. "Jay" Smith, Tennessee AMVETS Commander, stated in the award notification letter: "It is with great pleasure that I inform you that you have been selected to receive our Organization's highest award, the prestigious Silver Bayonet Legislative Award for 2003. Congratulations!"
Smith expressed the appreciation on behalf of Tennessee AMVETS to Crowe for his "long service to the veterans" and legislative work to benefit veterans in Tennessee.
"Again, my sincere congratulations to you on a well-deserved award," concluded Smith.
Over the last 13 years as a state lawmaker, Crowe has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation that benefit and honor American veterans.
Crowe represents senate District 3 which includes Carter and Washington counties. He is a veteran of Southeast Asia and the son of a B-24 co-pilot who flew 31 missions over Europe during World War II. As Chairman of the Senate's Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs, he frequently manages veterans' legislation.