Monroe County memorial honors veterans

Monroe County memorial honors veterans

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By Whitney Good

6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) - As the Independence Day celebrations continue throughout East Tennessee many also spend the day remembering loved ones who have fought for our freedoms.

A memorial in Madisonville is dedicated to those lives lost throughout the course of our nation's history, specifically those from Monroe County.

When Independence Day comes each July, people in Vonore cheer on their local parade waving their American flags.

"The flag is a symbol of freedom and the liberties that we share here," said Monroe County Mayor Tim Yates.

But just down the road in Madisonville, one flag flies quietly on its own, a solemn symbol of lives fallen.

The flag flying at Veterans Flag Memorial in Monroe County is believed to be one of the largest flags in the state, and the people there say it is a constant reminder of the sacrifices made to give us our freedom.

Sargent Lowell Russell from Vonore has a friend represented here, Frank Watson.

"It's very important to us because we lost him in 2011 and all the kids here from Monroe County that lost their life in battle we surely do really pay tribute to them today," said Russell.

Watson's name is among dozens more names that Russell says need to be honored.

"We need to make sure that we do have our cookouts and stuff, but we don't need to forget our military," he said.

The stars and stripes is a symbol of our freedom and all that was given for it.

"The flag still flies," said Yates.

The Veterans Flag Memorial was dedicated in May 2003 and it stands 30 feet tall by 60 feet wide.
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