Veterans Day ceremony scheduled Tuesday at Veterans War Memorial

John Keys, Commissioner of Veteran Affairs, and Quenton I. White, Tennessee Commissioner of Correction, are scheduled to lay the wreath at the Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans War Memorial on Veterans Day.
   Names of 256 Carter Countians are inscribed in gold letters in black granite monuments at the memorial. Deacon Bowers, chairman of the Veterans War Memorial Committee, said the ceremony would begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
   Members of the U.S. Marine Corps will present the colors and provide a 21-gun salute during the ceremony. State Sen. Rusty Crowe, chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Veteran Affairs, will be the keynote speaker.
   Matthew Childers, Elizabethton High School student, is scheduled to play Taps. Loretta Bowers and the Phillippi Baptist Church Men's Chorus will sing a medley of songs.
   David R. Ornduff, secretary-treasurer of the Veterans War Memorial Committee, will give a status report on the sale of bricks for the Carter County Veterans Walk of Honor.
   The Rev. Bruce Hendrich, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church, and the Rev. Bobby Stout, pastor of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church, will give the invocation and benediction, respectively.
   The Elizabethton-Carter County Veterans War Memorial is the only memorial in the nation that lists names of soldiers from the same country who died in combat in all wars since World War I, Bowers said.
   The memorial, constructed with cash donations and in-kind contributions totaling $265,000, was dedicated on Veterans Day last year. The Carter County Veterans Walk of Honor is Phase Two of the memorial project.
   Since Oct. 1, more than 600 bricks have been sold for $50 each, with proceeds going toward construction of the Walk of Honor. The name and branch of service of a member of the armed forces from Carter County, both past and present, will be inscribed in silver letters on each black granite brick.
   The sale of bricks for the Veterans Walk of Honor ends January 2, 2004. They are on sale at the payment window at Elizabethton City Hall, 136 S. Sycamore St., Elizabethton.