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Military remembers 17th U.S. President's birthday

Published On: Dec 30 2013 03:51:34 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 29 2013 03:50:29 PM CST
ANDREW JOHNSON GRAVE
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -

Sunday marked 205th birthday of former President Andrew Johnson.

The community gathered at the national cemetery named after Johnson in Greeneville where the annual presidential wreath was laid at his grave site to celebrate his birthday.

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States.

Johnson became president following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

The 278th Armored Calvary Regiment hosted the wreath laying program.

Traditionally the Tennessee National Guard, 278th Armor Calvary Regiment has represented the sitting President of the U.S. for this program.

Major General Max Haston was the guest speaker. "Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it. And it's very important that we understand our history. We understand what President Johnson brought to this nation as being a believer and implementer of the constitution as it was written,” said Major General Max Haston of the Tennessee National Guard.

Johnson was one of three United States presidents who called Tennessee home, along with Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk.