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.