The Greene County veterans affairs office and American Legion Post #11 will dedicate two photos and biographies honoring our fallen heroes Friday, May 22, at 4 pm in the south lobby of the courthouse.
The event was intended to be open to the public. Unfortunately, due to the current closure of the courthouse and ongoing health concerns, attendance will be family, media and a few officials. The public is encouraged to visit the courthouse once it reopens to view the Remembering Our Fallen Heroes display.
The Greene County board of supervisors last Nov. 4 approved a resolution allowing the permanent display of a photograph of World War I veteran Floyd W. Brown, the namesake of American Legion Post #1.
Private Floyd W. Brown, a native of Jefferson, was called into active service on 26 July 1918 and was killed on 10 November 1918, less than 24 hours before the armistice was signed. According to a newspaper account, Brown was the only Jefferson boy who fell on the field of battle. Three years passed before his body reached Jefferson. His remains lay in state in the courthouse rotunda prior to his burial on 13 July 1921.
The resolution also granted that additional photographs of other deceased Greene County veterans will be temporarily displayed upon the periodic recommendation of the veteran service director and the Greene County veterans affairs commission board.
The first additional photograph on display will be of Lance Corporal Benjamin R. Carman, also a Jefferson native. Carman served during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Persons who are interested in honoring a family member in this way can visit the veteran service office on the first floor of the courthouse. Only veterans who are KIA (killed in action) or DOW (died of wounds) are considered for temporary display.