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Service & Sacrifice: Military Memories Lost & Found

10:32 PM, Nov 17, 2011   |    comments
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This week we resurrect memories and traditions tied to honoring military veterans here in East Tennessee.

Bradley Reeves with the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound based inside the East Tennessee History Center has uncovered and archived roll after roll of home movies and WBIR TV news footage.

His research and preservation skills helped us find some of the earliest moving images ever recorded in downtown Knoxville.  They include an Armistice Day parade back in the early 1930's paying tribute to veterans of World War I.

In one series of clips Mr. Reeves explains Knoxville used to have a tradition on memorial day of honor veterans killed in action by dropping a wreath off the Gay Street Bridge into the Tennessee River.

In another, Mr. Reeves also showed us old Channel 10 footage tied to a government mix-up during the Vietnam conflict.  The military had informed the mother of one East Tennessee soldier that her son died fighting in the war when in fact, he was alive.

After reviewing hours of parade footage and home movies Mr. Reeves said it is clear people in Knoxville and across East Tennessee have long valued military service and held military veterans in high esteem.

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