Gatlinburg honors the United States military veterans and active-duty personnel with a moving Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. on the plaza of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The keynote speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Steven Turner, Executive Officer of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment based in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Master of Ceremonies WVLT news anchor Ted Hall will preside over the ceremony that includes special performances and appearances by Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band, Boy Scout Troop 111, Girl Scout Troop 20648, the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, distinguished vocalist Kristen Wilson and a dramatic presentation by the American Eagle Foundation. Retired Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples presents the POW-MIA Table/Invocation.
“We use this commemorative day as a moment to step back and recognize the heroism of our military and honor the sacrifices they have made to protect our rights as citizens of the United States of America,” said Mark Adams, President/CEO of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Gatlinburg is recognized as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee. The event is free and open to the public.