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Old Hickory salutes military heroes on Memorial Day

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World War II veteran Jack Redden World War II veteran Jack Redden

The crowd gets bigger every year at the Memorial Day celebration in Old Hickory and so does the number of men and women they honor.

"A World War II vet dies every 92 seconds," said veteran Jack Redden. "There's not many of us WWII veterans left."

Redden is one of the greatest generation who answered the call 70 years ago to defend freedom.

"We would carry bombs and torpedoes. We were out in the Atlantic chasing subs," he said. "The oil was on the beaches from where the ships were sunk. It was pretty hard times."

Redden and other veterans were humbled and appreciative as friends and strangers came out to honor their brothers in arms who are no longer here.

"Old Hickory will really turn out for veterans, and they really honor their country," said veteran Tom Beck.

Still, the veterans didn't fight for applause, for headlines or for honors. They fought because they have honor. They are ordinary men and women who say they don't deserve anything for doing their duty.

And although he's 90 years old and a veteran of WWII and Korea, Redden said he'd do it all again if the Department of Defense called him tomorrow.

"Sure I would, why not? It's my country. It's worth fighting for," Redden said.

Old Hickory has a special connection to veterans. The town was originally built nearly 100 years ago for people who worked in the DuPont munitions plant, which produced gunpowder for the military.

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