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By Lt. Col. Marlin Malone,
Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office
HERMITAGE, Tenn. – A wreath-laying ceremony honoring former President Andrew Jackson on what would have been his 256th birthday was held March 15 at Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, outside Nashville.
During the ceremony, Col. Jason Glass, Tennessee’s assistant adjutant general-air, placed a wreath at the tomb of the seventh president to celebrate his life and many contributions to the United States. The wreath is presented on behalf of the president of the United States.
“We all stand on the backs of giants,” said Glass. “Gen. Jackson was one of our giants. He is a Tennessee favored son and one of our earliest military mentors and heroes.”
Jackson was born in 1767 and orphaned by the age of 14. His path to the presidency started as a lawyer, judge and member of Congress. Jackson’s military career led him to a prominent role in leading the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. At the Battle of New Orleans, Gen. Jackson’s troops defeated a larger British force in what is widely considered the greatest American land victory of the war.
“Gen. Jackson exemplified what it means to be a true Tennessean and a true American. It’s an honor to be involved with this celebration today,” said Glass.
In addition to Glass’ role as a speaker, the Tennessee National Guard also provided a color guard, chaplain and the 129th Army Band, which performed during the ceremony. After the ceremony, visitors explored The Hermitage, a national historic landmark hosting more than 75,000 guests annually.