The American Legion Post 24 in Johnson City remembered fallen World War I heroes from the area on Memorial Day Monday.
They came together in front of the Dough Boy statue in the Johnson City/Washington County Veterans’ Memorial Park.
A wreath was placed at its base while the names were read of the 58 service members from Washington County who died in the war. Then, a brief history of the statue was given explaining how the American Legion Post 24 in Johnson City acquired the Dough Boy statue in 1936, which honors those World War I veterans.
"It's a beautiful statue,” American Legion Post 24 Commander Bryan Lauzon said. “There's only about seven of them in the entire United States. This is the only one in Tennessee. It's to honor all those who have died and passed away in service of their country."
The American Legion was formed by World War I veterans in 1919. Members have been performing this ceremony since they obtained the statue in 1936.