Regional leaders to dedicate veterans memorial Saturday

The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association will hold the dedication of the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville.

The $2.5 million memorial, located at the northern end of Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park, includes 26 granite monuments, each nine feet high, three feet wide and one foot deep with 175 names inscribed on them; and a plaza entrance with a 50-foot flag pole and a 27-foot high bell tower.

The memorial honors veterans from 35 East Tennessee counties, including Blount County, who lost their lives in service to the country during conflicts beginning with World War I and going through the present day. The 14 Medal of Honor recipients from those counties will also be honored on the monuments.

Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., University of Tennessee President Emeritus Dr. Joe Johnson, Gen. Carl Steiner, veterans and their families plan to attend.

The public is invited and welcomed to the event. The event will occur near the L&N Railroad station building. Parking will be available across from the Foundry and North of the L&N. Limited handicapped and Gold Star Mother/Wife parking will be available at the L&N.

For more information contact Jennifer Wiggins at 865-680-1457 or Kimberly Lauth at 865-633.8337.

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