GLASGOW – A survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is the guest speaker for this year's Memorial Day observation in Glasgow, which will begin at a different location than usual.
Because repairs have not been made to the fallen column at the stage area of the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery where the event usually takes place, it will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the National Guard Armory along Cavalry Drive. A second portion of the event will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Gardens.
Events commemorating military service members who died in the line of duty will also take place in Metcalfe and Monroe counties as well over the next three days.
“On Sept. 11, 2001, Sgt. Maj. Tony Rose and Pentagon co-workers were watching the news of the World Trade Center attacks when American Airlines 77 slammed into the Pentagon at over 400 miles per hour,” according to a press release announcing Monday's event in Glasgow. “The plane exploded directly under his second floor, C-ring office. Twenty-nine of his fellow soldiers, civilian employees and friends perished around him. Blown to the floor by the blast, he watched in slow motion as the building ripped apart and the 2,200-plus degree fireball ignited everything it touched. SGM Rose was among the first five rescuers to help others and reach the terrible remnants of the flight nose cone and rescue people in the gap between the C and B rings of the Pentagon. He travels internationally sharing the insights and miracles of this generation’s 'Day of Infamy.'"
The Elizabethtown resident served in the U.S. Army for more than 31 years; after leaving the military, he became a counselor/therapist.
Shortly after the conclusion of the program at the armory, at approximately 11 a.m., the gathering at the Happy Valley Road cemetery will feature a special ceremony honoring Wallace Ennis, a Barren County native whose plane disappeared somewhere in the Philippine Islands and was never recovered. Glasgow-based Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 will be providing full military honors.
Also at 10 a.m. Monday, American Legion Post 122 will have a wreath-laying ceremony at the flagpole at the old courthouse in Tompkinsville, Mayor Scotty Turner said.
Metcalfe County is observing the holiday Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. on the southwest side of the public square in Edmonton, with a program hosted by American Legion Post 65. Members of the Metcalfe County High School band are scheduled to participate, and the guest speaker is Judge-Executive Harold Stilts, said Bill Lytle, chaplain for the American Legion post, and post commander-elect for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6281.
From there, the Edmonton gathering will proceed to Chestnut Grove Cemetery, where the the VFW will make a special presentation to the James Russell Reece family in honor of the work he has done.
Reece was a World War II veteran who served four years during the war, including time under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the South Pacific, Lytle said, and he is known to the VFW as one of the best supporters of veterans' causes anytime he was needed.