On April 18, 1942, a covert band of 80 American servicemen led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle successfully completed the first bombing of the Japanese mainland during World War II. Those 80 men would be memorialized as The Doolittle Raiders, and it was their segment of pivotal American military history that was the focus of the 2022 Cheatham County Veterans Day Service held Friday.

Approximately 250 people attended the service, which has become a Cheatham County staple since the 1980s. The event was originally scheduled to be held at the Cheatham County Veterans Memorial Park, but due to inclement weather, had to be moved to the Ashland City Elementary School gymnasium. The rain, however, couldn’t damper the spirits of those who desired to honor local servicemen.

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