Scott Heath is special speaker for Veteran’s Dinner
Dayton, TN — La-Z-Boy took time to salute their veterans in a dinner held at the National Guard Armory in Dayton on Thursday. Almost 60 veterans were honored in dinners for Veteran’s Day. On Thursday morning, Don Mather opened up ceremony and Junior ROTC Color Guard presented Colors. Addison Stephens, a 5th grade student at Rhea County Academy in Dayton sang the National Anthem beautifully.
After a very good dinner, Scott Heath, a National Guard retiree after 23 years was the featured speaker. Scott is presently a Career Technical Engineering teacher at Rhea County High School.
Scott talked about the contributions that veterans have made over the years to keep America free.
After the speech by Scott Heath, Addison Stephens performed Amazing Grace very well and prayer dismissed the dinner.
During his speech, Scott Heath said, “Since the beginning of this country, citizens have been answering the call to service in defense of our Nation.”
“Americans citizens have continued to serve through wars until today. We have seen our military goes from as high as 16% during World War 2 to .7% today.”
“Right now there are only 7.3 % of Americans who have served in the Military.”
“Unless you have walked in the boots of a veteran, you have no idea of the sacrifices they have made.”
“Without each and every one of you, Americans would not be living the American dream.”
To the veterans, he said, “You are all heroes in my book.”
Tom Horsley is a veteran of the Army. Tom settled in Dayton after his discharge from Army. Tom is originally from Garfield, Kentucky. Tom was 21 when he went into Army.
Tom said, “The Army might have saved my life to be honest with you. I am very thankful that I made that choice.”
Tom went to work at La-Z-Boy the first time in 1978.
Harold Nail was in the Navy from 1975-79. Harold was Gunner’s Mate. Harold is originally from Michigan. Harold went to work at La-Z-Boy in 1999.
“My favorite port was probably Perth, Australia.”
Paul Harris is a Rhea County High School teacher with JROTC. SFC Paul Harris joined the service in 1982, primarily to see the world and retired in 2006.
Harris said, “I enjoyed my service. I enjoyed being able to travel and the people I meet. I was able to get my degree through the service.”
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