The Veterans' Monument dedication ceremony was held in the City of Coleman cemetery on Veterans' Day, November 11, with the Cemetery Advisory Committee organizing the event. The monument was unveiled on November 16, 2020, but a COVID outbreak prevented them from holding the dedication ceremony at that time.
Thursday's event included the Presentation of Colors by the Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard and the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by all in attendance. Lana Kading welcomed the large crowd and Tommy Sloan, Mayor of the City of Coleman, was the first speaker.
The Keynote speaker was Lieutenant General James Terry Scott, USA (Retired) who was eloquent in his patriotism, honor and love of America. One point he made was his hope that the youth of the country will step up and take care of the USA in the future. (Read more below...)
Following his speech, Dixie Bible sang and James King, the Assistant City Manager, gave the Benediction. The final sounds of the event were the playing of Taps by CHS band student Sean Patrick. It sounded great and was a very moving rendition.
In attendance were veterans of all ages, family and friends. Also in attendance were the Coleman Junior High 8th grade students.