unnamed 21NASHVILLE, 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.

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Charlie Daniels stops concert to honor World War II veterans in audience

1114 COLO Charlie DanielsTwo World War II veterans who were two miles apart when they landed on the beaches of Normandy 71 years ago and now live across the hall from each other were show-stoppers Tuesday night during the Charlie Daniels Band's military tribute in Columbus.

Several songs into the concert, Daniels asked for the house lights to be brought up in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and for Charlie Maupin and Jim Wooters to stand.

"There was a long and loud standing ovation from the entire RiverCenter," Nona Christie, marketing director for Covenant Woods Retirement Community, told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email Friday. " . It was hard to leave the building that night; everyone wanted to shake their hands."

The next day, on Veterans Day, Daniels posted a photo of himself with Maupin and Wooters on his Twitter and Facebook pages with this caption: "These gentlemen fought in the D Day Invasion in their 90s now and I can't even articulate my respect and gratitude."

With that thoughtful gesture, the country music legend articulated his respect and gratitude mighty well.

November 2015

Remembering Those Who Gave All on D Day

I remember June 6 1944, my mother got me up early in the morning to go to our church To join our neighbors to pray for the men,who at that moment,were storming the beaches of Normandy,many being cut to ribbons by German machine gun fire and artillery.

Yet on they came,wave after wave,until at the end of the Longest Day the back of the Nazis was broken and the march to Berlin and the end of Hitler had begun. There has been an awful price paid for America's freedom.

May we today pause and remember those who gave it all on D Day