Monday, June 05, 2017

[474a] MTSU vets’ leader to deliver May 28 Nashville Memorial address

     Huber also to speak May 29 at Healing Field closing ceremony in Murfreesboro

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — MTSU’s Keith M. Huber is the invited keynote speaker for Nashville’s Memorial Day ceremony — the first of back-to-back events for him this holiday weekend.

Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, will speak during the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, ceremony at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane, in Nashville.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, and Huber will deliver the keynote address at the closing event for The Healing Field at The Grove at Wiliamson Place, 3250 Wilkinson Pike, next to Interstate 24, in Murfreesboro. It is open to the public.

The Memorial Day ceremony is an annual tradition in Nashville as the city recognizes those who have served their country. The public is invited.

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.

Huber was invited to speak by MTSU alumnus John Furgess (Class of 1965), a Nashville resident who is vice chairman of the Davidson County Veterans Coordinating Council. Furgess, who is master of ceremonies, will introduce Huber.

Furgess was one of the early organizers for what has become the 36th annual MTSU Salute to Veterans and Armed Forces game, with events centered around an MTSU Blue Raiders home football game. This year’s game — MTSU against the University of Texas-El Paso — will be played Saturday, Nov. 4. All veterans, their families and current military personnel are invited.

The Nashville Memorial Day ceremony agenda includes the reading of names starting at 11 a.m., a wreath presentation, the firing team salute and taps, retirement of colors and more.

A reception will follow at VFW Post 1970, 7220 Charlotte Pike, in Nashville.

The Memorial Day ceremony is presented by the Davidson County Veterans Coordinating Council and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services.

In Murfreesboro, The Healing Field closing ceremony Huber will be a part of is the ninth annual May 27-29 Flags of Remembrance — a tribute to veterans, the military and personal heroes. For more information, visit

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