KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association started early on Memorial Day, paying tribute to all of the East Tennesseans who have fallen in battle.
They began at sunrise at World's Fair Park, reading aloud the names of each of the 6,202 soldiers, sailors, and airmen who died serving their country. More than 60 volunteers, including students, veterans, Gold Star families, active duty, guard and reserve service members, participated in the event, organized by the American Legion Post 2.
After all of the names have been read, ten newly engraved names will be dedicated. At the conclusion of the event, approximately 11:00 a.m., the American Legion's "Memorial Day Program" is scheduled to begin.
In Anderson Co., Mayor Terry Frank and Dr. Curtis Sexton, Col., U.S. Army (Retired) will join Veterans Services for Anderson Co. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Anderson Co. Courthouse for the 5th Annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10:00 a.m. They will lay a wreath at the memorial to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Military and Anderson Co. who gave their lives. Everyone is invited to attend.
At 2:00 p.m. the local Veterans of Foreign Wars will retire over a American flags that have been damaged beyond repair. They said that those who have not experienced this procedure cannot appreciate the special care and dedication that goes into making this possible.
Finally, veterans can cap off the night with a free trip to the ballpark. All veterans, active-duty military, and members of the reserves and guard are eligible for a free ticket when presenting a valid military ID, veteran ID, uniformed services ID, veteran organization member card, or DD214 at the Smokies ticket office.
Family members get in for the discounted rate of just $7.50. Program includes a pre-game flyover courtesy of our friends at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, a color guard furnished by the Anderson County Navy Junior ROTC, another guest appearance by WIVK's Gunner, $1 hot dogs, and post-game FIREWORKS! Woodmen of the World has again stepped up with a donation of miniature American flags to be given away to the first 500 fans