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McKENZIE — The Gordon Browning Museum in downtown McKenzie is hosting Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 15 to honor active troops and to memorialize the serve of Governor Gordon Browning, who was a WWI and II veteran.
The event will feature living history reenactors from all wars, beginning at 10 a.m., a color guard ceremony at noon at the War Memorial in Veterans Park, and a speech on Colonel Gordon Browning in the museum at 1:30 p.m. inside the museum.
Governor Gordon Browning, formerly General Eisenhower’s Deputy Chief of Staff, paid tribute in the first Armed Forces Day in 1949 in Nashville Tennessee. Called “the Captain who commanded Generals” Colonel Gordon Browning was a WWI veteran, U.S. Congressman 1923-1935, Governor of Tennessee 1937-1939, Military Governor of Luxembourg and Belgium in WWII, General Eisenhower’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Military Governor of the American Occupation Zone, Governor of Tennessee 1949-1951, Governor of Tennessee 1951-1953 and a dedicated Tennessee and American the remainder of his life.
His role in WWII and his post war leadership are mostly unknown to the public, but his dedication to veterans and the country was well known in the military and politics.
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