Memorial Day Reminder


From Post staff reports

Korean War Veteran Jack Cato will be a special speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Although Cato noted he is not really a public speaker, he was convinced to share excerpts from the more than 200 letters he wrote to his family during his 13 months stationed in Korea by event organizer, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jim Henderson.

Cato was drafted at the age of 21 and served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army. He and his company cleared more than 1,700 land mines, built and maintained roads and bridges while in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

It is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty in Korea so they wanted somebody who served in Korea to speak, Cato said.

Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremony.

The name of USAF 1st Lt. Joshua Hovies, 26, of Lebanon, who died in a training accident in South Korea in April has been added to the monument on the corner of the courthouse lawn. The ceremony Monday will include a reading of each veteran who gave their lives and whose names are listed on the monument.

American Legion Post 15, sponsor of the ceremony; Gold Star Mothers, Vietnam Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others will be participating in the wreath-portion of the event.