Greater Hickory Classic Honors Men and Women of the Armed Forces

12/05/2011  |  By Ms. Deborah Williams 108th Training Command (IET) Public Affairs Specialist
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Drill Sergeants from the 98th Training Division (IET) march to the opening ceremony at the Greater Hickory Classic Golf Tournament. The event was held to honor the men and women of the US Armed Forces. Photo by Ms. Deborah Williams, 108th Training Command (IET) Public Affairs Specialist.

CONOVER, N.C. — On June 12, Rock Barn honored the men and women of the Armed Forces at the Greater Hickory Classic Golf Tournament.

In the opening ceremonies, Emily Wallace sang the National Anthem and the Colors were presented by the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Larry Nelson, Vietnam Veteran and World Golf Hall of Fame member, participated in the flag-raising ceremony accompanied by the Hickory High School Junior ROTC flag detail. In the tournament’s eight-year history, they have done quite a few military salutes.

“We are proud to salute our military heroes and welcome them to the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn,” said Jim Correll, executive tournament director. “With the June tournament following the Memorial Day Holiday, we think about the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation.”

The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition with some of the greatest legends in golf. Most of the events are operated by volunteers.

“I was drafted at 24 years old and did three tours in Vietnam,” said Richard Bowery, retired. “I am here today because I want to salute and appreciate everything the military service men and women do; I would be out there now if I wasn’t so old.”

The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute, Taps played by Hickory High School’s Cadet Command Sergeant Maj. Corey Hefner, and Kim Elder played Amazing Grace on the bag pipes.

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