Tennessee Guard Honors Andrew Jackson on His Birthday

Tennessee National Guard commemorated President Andrew Jackson's 257th birthday at The Hermitage.

In a solemn ceremony held on March 15, the Tennessee National Guard paid tribute to President Andrew Jackson on the occasion of his 257th birthday. The event took place at The Hermitage, the historic home of the seventh president, located just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

Col. Linda Kieser, Tennessee’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Resources, led the ceremony with a speech that highlighted President Jackson’s enduring legacy and his contributions to the state and the nation. Kieser then placed a wreath at Jackson’s tomb on behalf of the President of the United States. The wreath-laying is an annual tradition that honors Jackson’s life and his many achievements.

“General Jackson represents what it means to be a true Tennessean,” Kieser remarked. “He was a legendary figure, a man of many talents who deeply cared about the welfare and security of our state and nation. Today, we are inspired by his example to uphold the values of freedom, justice, and democracy that he valiantly fought for.”

Howard J. Katell, the president and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, joined Kieser in placing the wreath at Jackson’s grave, which is situated in the garden behind his home. Katell, who has served The Hermitage for 15 years and is nearing retirement, expressed his honor in participating in the ceremony.

Lt. Col. Paul Gunn, a chaplain with the Tennessee Air National Guard, delivered the ceremony’s invocation. The event also featured a color guard presented by soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard, and a musical tribute with Sgt. Daniel Heck and Sgt. Jeremy Bryant of the 129th Army Band performing the National Anthem and playing taps.

Following the commemorative event, visitors were invited to explore The Hermitage, a national historic landmark that welcomes over 75,000 guests each year. The home and museum serve as a testament to President Andrew Jackson’s significant role in American history and his lasting impact on the nation.

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