"On this very nice Fall day, several veterans came to a luncheon sponsored by the Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 of Mount Juliet, Tennessee (Commander Pat Unger). The veterans of many of our country's wars were honored but special honor went to the 10 World War II veterans who came out for the celebration.
Dignitaries included Mark Pody, Tennessee State Representative (District 46), Mayor Craighead of Lebanon, and Mayor Jennings of Watertown, as well as Commissioner Justice and Chief Hamrick from Mount Juliet. Mount Juliet proclaimed this Lester Knop Day in Mount Juliet in honor of the oldest veteran we served today, who turns 98 Sunday.
Welcoming the guests were members of American Legion Post 15 in Lebanon, Post 281 in Mount Juliet and Chapter 1004 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Entertaining these vets were the minstrels of the French Lick Pickers. A bar-b-que luncheon was provided by Blue Moon of Lebanon. A birthday cake was given in honor of Lester Knop, 98, and Harold Davis, 89, of the Veteran's Home in Murfreesboro.
World War II vets attending included Lester, Harold, and
Clifford Vellekamp 86, Merchant Marine and later USArmy
Arthur Rawlings 90, a B-24 Liberator Pilot and POW of the Japanese
Alloison Greenfie 93 of USArmy
Odell Braswell 96 of the USAAir Corp
Jim Williams 90 of the USNavy
Charles Gannon 89 of the USArmy
Paul Peery 86 of the USArmy
and
Henry Nixon 93 of the USArmy"

Richard Huffman
Public Affairs Officer American Legion Post 281



Harold Davis (89) and Lester Knop (98) Celebrate their birthdays



Mark Pody reads certificate of honor for Lester Knop, WWII Vetrtan



World Warr II Veterans who were honored



French Lick Pickers