THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT HONORS VETERAN RETURNING HOME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2016) – The Journey Home Project is honored to support the ceremony in celebration of the life and service of Lieutenant Colonel John Wade Maxwell, who recently passed at the age of 91. Colonel Maxwell, a retired United States Air Force WWII and Vietnam veteran, served from 1945 to 1970.
Colonel Maxwell was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in 1969 for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. During March of 1968 in Vietnam, he participated in an emergency ammunition re-supply mission while flying a C-130E Aircraft Commander into a known area of hostile activity. Along with the award was a citation, presented by the United States Air Force and authorized by Congress, stating that “the professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty, displayed by Colonel Maxwell reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”
“The Journey Home Project was honored to participate in bringing WWII and Vietnam Veteran Lt. Col. Maxwell, a member of "The Greatest Generation", back from Colorado to his home state to rest,” said co-founder Mercedez Longever adding, “Lt. Col Maxwell, on behalf of The Journey Home Project and this grateful nation, we salute you.”
On June 8th, the two-part ceremony began with a casket escort and procession from the Mt. Juliet Police Department and the Patriot Guard from Nashville International Airport to Sellars Funeral Home in Mt. Juliet, where many people lined the streets with flags to pay their respects. The burial took place at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery the following day.
About The Journey Home Project The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe & Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.
As a result of funds raised through Daniels' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena last year, The Journey Home Project has been able to donate funds to help with the completion of the state-of-the-art Veterans and Military Families Center on campus at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), among various other fundraising events for veterans. This year’s Volunteer Jam on November 30 will bring Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, Travis Tritt, and more to the Bridgestone Arena stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday. Tickets to this event can be purchased here.
For more information, visit thejourneyhomeproject.org.