Veterans Day Celebration


November 11, 2019




Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies


88 River Road

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Gatlinburg will honor the United States military veterans by hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration on November 11 at 11 a.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium 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. Likewise, special presentations will be made by the Gatlinburg Boy Scout Troop 111 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.

The event will be emceed by Ted Hall from WVLT and the Keynote Speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Steven Turner, Executive Officer of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment in Knoxville, TN.

Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout the year!