On Wednesday, May 15, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage hosted its 119th annual Spring Outing. The event is a wonderful tradition and opportunity to visit the grounds of The Hermitage. Light lunch and champagne were served to the guests in attendance. This year’s keynote speaker was Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President George W. Bush.
Bob McDonald, President & CEO of CedarStone Bank, Regent of The Andrew Jackson Foundation and Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon remarked, “We had over 350 people in attendance whose support enables us to accomplish our goals of preserving the legacy of Andrew Jackson, our country’s 7th President and Battle of New Orleans war hero.”
Pictured from right is CedarStone Bank President & CEO Bob McDonald, Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, & Mrs. Susan McDonald.
Congressman Phil Roe (Johnson City) was the keynote speaker Sunday, Jan. 8 as Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage celebrated the 202nd anniversary of “The Battle of New Orleans.” The Andrew Jackson Foundation hosted the annual gathering as part of a day-long remembrance of “The Battle of New Orleans”, the last major engagement of The War of 1812.
From left above: Howard Kittell, President & CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, United States Congressman Phil Roe, Susan and Bob McDonald. McDonald serves as Vice-Regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.
Event commemorates the 201st anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans
Lebanon, Tenn. (January 25, 2016) –Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage recently held a celebration event commemorating the 201st anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans.
Thousands of guests visited Jackson’s home to honor the pivotal victory for the United States in the War of 1812, led by General Jackson and his troops. The Hermitage home tour was open free to the public and there was a ceremony featuring the National Guard laying a wreath at Jackson’s tomb.
CedarStone Bank President and CEO Bob McDonald participated in the event. McDonald is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Andrew Jackson Foundation.
“The Hermitage is a national treasure and we’re fortunate to have such an historic landmark so close to home,” McDonald said. “This annual event is a welcome opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate the rich tradition of General Jackson and his roots in Middle Tennessee.”
The wreath ceremony included remarks from retired Lieutenant General John M. Pickler, who served 36 years in the Army, eventually assuming the role of Chief of Staff of the United States Army Forces Command. Pickler currently resides in Lebanon.
“It was fascinating to hear a recent military leader like General Pickler discuss the life and times of one of our most famous military leaders in Andrew Jackson,” McDonald said. “Both men sacrificed so much for this great country through their military service.”
Pictured from Left to Right: Howard Kittell, Andrew Jackson Foundation President and CEO; Frances Spradley, Andrew Jackson Foundation Vice-Regent; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Pickler, keynote speaker; Bob McDonald, CedarStone President and CEO.