The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association Is Pleased to Announce the Third Annual Medal of Honor Evening
Monday, May 6, 2013
Book Signing: 5:00 p.m.
Social Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
The Historic Foundry Building
HONORING THE LIFE OF CORPORAL PAUL B. HUFF
Cleveland TN native Corporal Paul B. Huff, a paratrooper in the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII for single-handedly destroying three enemy machine gun positions near Anzio Beach, Italy, on 8 February, 1944. Cpl Huff has the distinction of being the first airborne soldier to earn the MOH and one of the few to receive the MOH without being wounded in action. After receiving the Medal of Honor, Huff continued in the US Army, serving in Vietnam and retiring from the 101st Airborne Division as the Division’s Command Sergeant Major.
Individual tickets are $75 per person; and individuals, organizations, companies may purchase a full table for 8 for $600. (If purchased before April 1st, the cost is $500.) All proceeds from this evening will allow for the continued maintenance and preservation of the Memorial. Tax deductible as allowed by law.
Professor John C. McManus, an award-winning professor, author, and military historian, will be our guest speaker. Starting at 5 p.m., his books will be available for purchase and signing.
To Remember, Honor, Educate, and Inspire…
The Memorial is a public plaza with a formal arrangement of granite pillars bearing the names of 6,202 fallen heroes from 35 East Tennessee counties who died in military service during named conflicts since World War I. It was dedicated and officially unveiled November 15, 2008.
The names of the 14 Medal of Honor recipients from East Tennessee are inscribed and honored on the reverse side of the pillars. Quotations related to the wars and national service offer an occasion for reflection and meditation. A bell tower tolls for those lost, and for the four essential freedoms we honor and defend.
Major support for the Memorial has come from Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the State of Tennessee, the Federal Government, and hundreds of individuals, businesses, and groups.