Memorial Day

Fayetteville and Lincoln County Memorial Day ceremonies will be held Monday, May 27, at the Fayetteville Recreation Center, 1203 Winchester Highway.

Ceremonies, which begin at 11 a.m., will offer the community an opportunity to join together in paying tribute to those who’ve given their lives in the service of our country.

Senior Chief Officer Siegfried Pitpitan, Lincoln County High School’s Naval Science instructor, will be the featured speaker for the event.

The Fayetteville Recreation Center, located next door to the municipal pool, is also home to the Warrior Tribute and Memorial, an exhibit of more than 1,000 photographs paying homage to the community’s veterans from across all eras.


Lynchburg ceremonies

The 27th annual American Legion Memorial Day Service will be Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the Northwest side of the Metro Lynchburg-Moore County Courthouse.

The speaker will be Travis Murphy, assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. Murphy, who joined the department in 2015, serves in the appeals division for Middle Tennessee. A veteran with seven years of military service including a deployment to Iraq, Murphy served several years as General Council and Counsel to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He also served as director of claims with the American Legion.

“We are very fortunate to have Travis with us,” said Billy Thomas, commander of American Legion Post 192. “We invite everyone to join us on this special day to memorialize those that gave their lives for our freedom.”

Murphy was deployed to Iraq in March 2003 with the 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also saw National Guard service with units in Massachusetts and Virginia.

He, his wife Meghan and their three children currently reside in Nashville.

Also on the program will be the Pledge of Allegiance, the Raising of Flags by Billy Glen Bobo and the Laying of the Wreath.

Phil Gatto will give the invocation, Meredith Burton will sing the national anthem, Ken Moore will give a special reading and Paul Bischoff, a Moore County High School graduate now studying music at Tennessee Tech, will play Taps.

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