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Duncan dedicates BHS ‘Fallen Soldier’ additions

Bearden High School honored two of its alumni when it unveiled its Fallen Military Heroes Memorial, newly inscribed with their names, Friday, May 16.

Family and friends of GMG2 Navy Seal Carter Myers Dean, a 1986 BHS graduate, and 2nd Lt. William Hunter Mixon Jr., a 1986 BHS graduate, joined U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) and State Sen. Tim Burchett (R-District 7) in honoring the two servicemen.

“I consider it a very high honor and a very special privilege to be allowed to participate briefly in this ceremony today,” Duncan said.

“Certainly this is altogether fitting and appropriate that we should all gather to honor two young men who were obviously such outstanding and inspiring young men as Navy Seal Carter Dean and Army Lt. Hunter Mixon.

“I can tell you that there are many honorable ways you can serve this nation but there is certainly is no more honorable or patriotic way you can serve this nation than to serve in our armed forces,” Duncan said.

“We are blessed beyond belief to live in this nation and we have this life because people have been willing to fight and even give their lives in defense of this nation and help keep this nation free.

“It is really impossible to say ‘thank you’ enough to those who have given their lives while serving in our nation’s armed forces,” he added.

Duncan brought with him a special gift for the families of the two men — flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in honor of Dean and Mixon.

Members of BHS NJROTC cadets presented the flags to the mothers of the fallen soldiers as Maj. Belinda Twohig-Rhyne recited “My Name is Old Glory,” by Howard Schnauber.

Sen. Burchett, a 1982 BHS graduate, presented Stephen Mixon, Dr. S. Wynn Dean III, with Tennessee State flags, which were flown over the Sate Capitol Building in honor of their brothers.

“I always remember what Alex Haley said, which was ‘Find the good and praise it,’ and I think that is very fitting. These were both fine young men. The Bible tells us ‘there is no greater gift than one who would lay down his life for another’ and that is what they did.

“They laid down their lives for our country and for the freedoms we enjoy today,” he said.


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