It began in 1920. A service at the National Cemetery in Knoxville to remember and honor 8600 veterans buried there and the thousands of others who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
87 years later, the service remains a big part of Memorial Day in East Tennessee..
Several dozen people paused from their three day weekend to pay tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day, the spirit of remembering.
Complete with the familiar sound of Taps, the ceremony was a time to remember lost ones who served, thank those who are serving now, and simply gather to preserve the principles and values this day stands for.
The very first Memorial Day was observed by our nation in 1882.
For many, Memorial Day is about shopping or enjoying the lake.
Organizers of today's event says those traditions are all OK, but ask that you take at least one minute to pause and remember.