Tennessee honors military heroes at 3 national cemeteries

Boy Scouts add flags at Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street
Boy Scouts add flags at Knoxville National Cemetery on Tyson Street

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — America honors its heroes and their heroic acts with monuments and national cemeteries.

Michael Henshaw, a 25-year Army veteran who served during operation Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm, continues to serve his country by overseeing Tennessee’s three national cemeteries, in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville.

“We honor veterans and their service,” Henshaw said.

National cemeteries are also historic sites. Eleven veterans of the Mexican American War were recently repatriated to the United States and will be interred at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.

“It’s believed they are from the first Tennessee volunteers, which is the bloody first, which is how Tennessee got its nickname as the Volunteer State,” said Henshaw.

Also resting at a Tennessee national cemetery is a hero portrayed on the big screen, Desmond Doss.

Doss refused to touch a weapon but saved lives earning him the military’s Medal of Honor recipient.

The movie Hacksaw Ridge is based on his life.

“I encourage people to come to national cemeteries whether it’s veterans day or memorial day or any day they belong to the community, they belong to the state and they belong to the nation because they hold veterans that served Tennessee bravely,” said Henshaw.

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