Victory Baptist Church located on 441, midway between Dillsboro and Franklin on Cowee Mountain, will be conducting its annual Patriotic Day on Sunday, July 3. The special guest for the day will be Major General John Grinalds.
General Grinalds is a graduate with honors from the US Military Academy at West Point. He was the first cadet since 1814 to be commissioned directly into the U.S. Marine Corps. General Grinalds served in the Mediterranean Region, Panama Canal Zone, Japan, Belgium and two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism in combat. He was inducted by French President Mitterrand into the French Legion of Honor.