Hon­or­ing vets: News­pa­per seeks nom­i­nees for pro­files

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION - STAFF REPORT

There’s a rea­son Ten­nessee is known as the Vol­un­teer State — the will­ing­ness of the state’s res­i­dents to vol­un­teer for mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Some his­to­ri­ans claim the state earned the nick­name dur­ing the War of 1812 be­cause so many young Ten­nesseans vol­un­teered to fight the Bri­tish.

Oth­ers be­lieve the moniker was earned dur­ing the Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can War in 1846, when state of­fi­cials in Nashville put out a call for 2,600 Ten­nessee vol­un­teers and got 30,000.

Re­gard­less, Ten­nesseans have al­ways proudly dis­played their pa­tri­o­tism and loy­alty to their coun­try.

For the sec­ond year, the Times Free Press is invit­ing read­ers to nom­i­nate veter­ans to be fea­tured in the “Twenty-One Veteran Salute,” a se­ries of pro­files that will be pub­lished in the news­pa­per from Nov. 5 through Veter­ans Day, Nov. 11.

Veter­ans in Hamil­ton County and sur­round­ing Ten­nessee, Ge­or­gia and Alabama coun­ties can be nom­i­nated.

If you know of a veteran de­serv­ing of this honor, please nom­i­nate them via email, U.S. Postal Ser­vice mail or on­line and in­clude the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion: Name, age, why they are wor­thy of a trib­ute, and con­tact in­for­ma­tion for you and the veteran.

Last year the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing, and we ex­pect this year will be even big­ger.

Email nom­i­na­tions to news@times­freep­ress.com or mail them to Beth Blan­sit, Chat­tanooga Times Free Press, 400 E. 11th St., Chat­tanooga, TN 37403. On­line nom­i­na­tions may be made at bit.ly/2PU1MBP. The last day to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions is Fri­day, Sept. 21.

Missed last year’s pro­files? You can read them now at times­freep­ress.com/twen­ty­one.

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