Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 2018
Gatlinburg will honor the United States military veterans by hosting its 19th annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 11 at 11 a.m. at Anakeesta Plaza.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. The event is free to the public.
“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. We are proud to celebrate the nineteenth year of this special ceremony in Gatlinburg,” says Mark Adams, President of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The event will feature musical entertainment by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band and distinguished vocalists T.C. Barnette, who will perform the National Anthem. Likewise, special presentations will be made by the Gatlinburg Boy Scout Troop 111, Girl Scout Troop 20648, and Wings to Soar, which will commemorate the occasion with a demonstration of an American Bald Eagle. Retired Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples, a Vietnam veteran, will also present the POW-MIA Table/Invocation. This year the Master of Ceremonies will be WVLT anchor Ted Hall.
Just Announced! There will be a flyover from the Tennessee National Guard at 11:00 a.m. at the beginning of this event. The aircraft will be a single UH 60 Black Hawk Helicopter flying out of Knoxville.