Next month The Herald-News, as well as people all across the nation, will join together in honor and celebration of our veterans — the men and women who have pledged to keep this nation free.

Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11, and each year, The Herald-News will be publishing our special Veterans Day section.

In this special section, we chronicle the stories of local veterans, and it couldn’t be possible without readers like you.

If you know a veteran, if you have a son or daughter, mother or father, grandson or granddaughter that has served this country, we want to celebrate them by featuring them in our Veterans Day special section.

Send us your photos and information about the veteran in your life, and we will feature it in our special section that will publish on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Please have all submissions submitted by close of business at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4.

Veterans stories and/or photos can be emailed to, mailed to P.O. Box 286, Dayton, TN, 37321 or dropped off at our office during business hours at 916 Market Street in Dayton.

In addition, The Herald-News will also be hosting its annual Veterans Day Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 4, at First Baptist Church Dayton. Doors open at 11 a.m.

We encourage all local veterans and their spouses to attend.

This year’s event will also feature a new exhibit, coordinated by Don Smith with the Rhea County Veterans Affairs office, called “Remembering Our Fallen” from the War on Terrorism. The exhibit is a traveling photographic memorial that honors our country’s military fallen from the War on Terror, from Sept. 11, 2001, to the present. Day.

Unlike brick and mortar memorials, Remembering Our Fallen is designed to travel and includes both military and personal photos.

The memorial consists of five panels, each measuring 10 feet long by 8 feet tall. Displayed on those panels are military and civilian photographs of 132 personnel who lost their lives in Kuwait, Iraq or Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Veteran Day Luncheon will feature a keynote speech by Tommy Harveston, CSM, retired, U.S. Army. Retired U.S. Army Col. Brock Harris will serve as the master of ceremonies. Lunch will be provided, and the event will also feature music and door prizes.

If you would like to help sponsor the annual event, contact The Herald-News Publisher Sara Jane Locke at 775-6111.