TOP PHOTO: Though Full-Bird Colonel Tommy C. Stiner did not give his life in battle, he devoted 29 years to military service in the U-S Army and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He retired in 1992 as one of the most highly decorated veterans from the State of Tennessee.

Purple Heart recipient H.R. Douglas, who fought in the Vietnam War, salutes as Troop 310 Scout Master looks at the U-S Flag he just posted at Colonel Tommy Stiner’s grave.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – In-between rounds of showers on Friday morning and under sun and clouds against strong breezes in the afternoon, members of the Jellico Honor Guard and Boy Scout Troop 310 planted hundreds of U-S Flags beside grave sites of veterans.

“We started at 9:30am at Campbell Memorial Gardens and placed flags on every veterans grave. After the next round of showers ended, we went over to Woodlawn Cemetery at 11:45am and honored those veterans as well,” said Jellico Honor Guard Commander Danny McCulley.

These veterans and scouts posted U-S Flags on graves at Powell Valley Cemetery and Memorial Gardens on Friday afternoon. On the back row, left to right, are Ryan Cronin, Aiden Roberts, Gunner Sams, Mark Sams, Danny McCulley, Ed Housley, Vivian Loudy, H.R. Douglas and Adrian LeMaire. Those on the front row, left to right, are Stewart Thacker, Chris Thacker, Bexley Roberts, U-S Army Veteran Claude Roberts and Zece Roberts.

Veteran and member of the Honor Guard Ed Housley along with Kristie Anderson donated boxes of flags, 288 in all. Todd Nance made a monetary donation to Troop 310.

Left to right are Danny McCulley, Kristie Anderson and Vivian Loudy. Anderson donated 144 U-S Flags.

Powell Valley Cemetery was the final stop of the day Friday as the sun broke through the clouds. “The Boy Scouts are doing this one, and the Jellico Honor Guard is assisting,” said Commander McCulley.

WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped a high up photo from Eagle I on Friday afternoon.

“We, the scout troop, were honored to be asked to help. It’s a big deal doing this for our veterans. This is an extreme sense of reverence paying respects to those who gave their life for our country,” said Eagle Scout Stewart Thacker. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/30/2022-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)

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