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Constitution Bell Ringing set for Sunday

Those in uniform honor the bell ringing.


The United States Constitution Bell Ringing is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Oak Hill School in Jonesborough located at 212 East Sabin Drive.  The State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring its fifth annual Bell Ringing event.

The Town of Jonesborough, Heritage Alliance and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, along with the  Northeast Chapters  of the DAR and Sons of the American Revolutio, are partners in the event. Reenactors provide a visual reminder of those who helped protect our freedoms.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.

The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Along with honoring soldiers of the Revolutionary War, this year’s ceremony will place special emphasis on the nineteen soldiers from Jonesborough killed in World War I. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th month 100 years ago in 1918.

Featured speaker at the ceremony will be Historian Allen Jackson, United States Air Force, retired.

The soldiers to be honored are:  Leeroy Carl Bacon, Private, US ARMY, died, 15 OCT 1918;  Hubert Barron, Private, US ARMY, died, 9 OCT 1918;  William Nelson Chinouth, Seaman 2nd Class, US NAVY, died, 4 OCT 1918;  Joseph C. Fulkerson, Private, US ARMY, died, 10 OCT 1918;  Paul Daniel Kelly, Private, US ARMY, died, 6 JAN 1918;  Marvin Herbert Lee, Private, US ARMY, died, 2 JAN 1919;  Hobert M. Leonard, Private, US ARMY, Buried at Sea, 25 JUL 1918;  Ralph Blain Matherly, Private, US ARMY, died, 8 NOV 1917;  James Miller, Private/Wagoner, US ARMY, died, 5 OCT 1918;  Walter Reens Million, Private, US ARMY, died, 7 OCT 1918;  John Edmund Phillips, Sergeant, US ARMY, died, 1 JAN 1918; William Phillips, Private, US ARMY, died, 11 OCT 1918;   John  Williams Armstrong, Corporal, US ARMY, killed, 18 JUL 1918;  Emmett Cole, Private 1st Class, US ARMY, killed, 4 OCT 1918;  Bernie Daniels, Mess Sergeant, US ARMY, killed, 14 OCT 1918;  Charles Albert Helton, Private, US ARMY, killed, 29 SEP 1918;  Walter E. McNeese, Corporal, US ARMY, killed, 6 OCT 1918 and Virgil Christian Mottern, Sergeant 1st Class, US ARMY, missing, 19 OCT 1918 awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Bravery.

The last name remembered is Rufus A. Potter, Private, US ARMY, killed, 11 NOV 1918, on the last day of the war, actually in the last few minutes of World War I.

Also featured will be the Choral Department of David Crockett High School, under the direction of Kelly Davenport. Students from The Children of The American Revolution and Washington County Schools have been invited to the event and will participate.  County Historian John Kiener will give a short account of the role of female nurses in the war.

The ceremony will end with the first stanza of America, “My Country ’tis of Thee” and the ringing of bells, from the historical Oak Hill School bell to all types of bells chiming in from the attendees.

The event will be held outdoors and those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.