Smokies honor all branches of military with "Salute to Heroes Night"

Kodak, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Smokies honored all members of the US military with their "Salute to Heroes Night". It had everything you could expect from this type of event. Included were a gun salute, doves release, flyover, singing and of course the playing of taps.

President of the Smoky Mountain Blue Star Mothers organization Rhonda Miller says it was a very emotional day,"It's very tough. I'm keeping my glasses on so you don't see the tears. But when you look around and you see all of these families that are affected and what's going on in our world today, it pulls very, very deeply on your heart strings."

For one member of the Smokies organization the event had added meaning. Team doctor, Colonel John McGraw, is an army reservist who spent time this winter on the Pakistani border taking care of wounded service members. He believes this kind of an event is exactly what the team is about, "The Smokies have been the most patriotic of all of our Southern League teams because they really appreciate all of the sacrifice and service that our men and women in uniform have done through the years."


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 160978835 - local8now.com/a?a=160978835