MTSU’s Keith M. Huber was the invited keynote speaker for Nashville’s Memorial Day ceremony — the first of back-to-back events for him during the holiday weekend.
Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives at the university, spoke during the May 28 ceremony at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville. On Memorial Day, May 29, Huber delivered the keynote address at the closing event for The Healing Field at The Grove at Williamson Place, 3250 Wilkinson Pike, next to Interstate 24, in Murfreesboro.
You can watch a recap of his remarks above.
The Memorial Day ceremony is an annual tradition in Nashville as the city recognizes those who have served their country. A link to the ceremony agenda is available here.
Huber is a retired lieutenant general who served nearly 40 years in the U.S. Army. The Franklin, Tennessee, resident has been a guiding force behind the establishment of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU.
MTSU alumnus John Furgess (Class of 1965), a Nashville resident who is vice chairman of the Davidson County Veterans Coordinating Council, invited Huber to speak and introduced him at the event.
Furgess was one of the early organizers for what will be the 36th annual MTSU Salute to Veterans and Armed Forces as events once again center on a Blue Raiders home football game.
This year’s game — MTSU vs. the University of Texas-El Paso — will be played Saturday, Nov. 4, at Floyd Stadium. All veterans, their families, and current military personnel are invited.
The Nashville Memorial Day ceremony agenda included the reading of names of fallen military personnel, a wreath presentation, the firing team salute, retirement of colors, and playing of “Taps.” A reception followed at VFW Post 1970 in Nashville.
The Memorial Day ceremony was presented by the Davidson County Veterans Coordinating Council and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services.
In Murfreesboro, The Healing Field closing ceremony Huber joined was a part of the ninth annual May 27-29 Flags of Remembrance — a tribute to veterans, the military and personal heroes. For more information, visit www.healingfield.org/murfreesboro.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)