Cumberland University

Remembrance and Respect Celebration

CU awards 72 Honorary Degrees to Veterans who participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers


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Under mostly sunny skies nearly 1,000 people gathered on the front lawn of Memorial Hall to honor veterans who participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers, which were headquartered on the campus of Cumberland University from 1941-44.   

The hour-long ceremony consisted of military displays, period actors, an honor guard, salute to the fallen, military aircraft fly-over, remarks form military officials, and presentation of degrees followed by fellowship and a time for reminiscing.

Platform party members included a representative of Congresswoman Diane Black’s office, Senator Mae Beavers, Representative Mark Pody, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Phillip Craighead and Pastor John Hunn.

Colonial Joseph P. McGee, Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell brought greetings as well as Major General Harris, Assistant Adjutant General for the Tennessee National Guard.

The aircraft flyover consisted of 5 military planes.  The first of two passed were in the “V for Victory” formation and the second being the missing man formation.

In all, 72 veterans from 20 states were recognized for their extraordinary service and awarded Honorary Masters in Military Arts degrees.


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The Honorary Degree Recipients



                                                                 Thank you Veterans!