World War II Veteran Paul White was selected to perform the Ringing of the Bells ceremony.
The Ringing of the Bells ceremony is the annual opening ceremony of Homecoming Days. White was chosen to be the bell ringer of both historic bells.
White was introduced to the audience by his granddaughter, Melissa White. Melissa White stated, “At 17, he began working on the construction of Dale Hollow Dam…Paul worked for about nine months on the dam, before he was drafted at age 18. His experience in construction would directly impact his assignment as an engineer in the U.S. Army. Traveling by bus from Celina, Paul reported for active duty at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in August 1943.”
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