Heritage Center celebrates patriotism of Memorial Day

Retired Marine General Robert Tiebout and his wife, Lil, wanted to do something special for Memorial Day.

While some folks plan barbecues, the Tiebouts teamed with Bob Ergenbright and Gale Hafner at their church, Broadway United Methodist, and planned an entertaining program at Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center.

“It went absolutely spectacular. We had a great crowd, and the people came and were very happy with the program,” Gen. Tiebout said. “This was a combination of singing and narrative program about patriotism with a lot of patriotic songs we all know. We also did readings such as the Gettysburg Address and lot of patriotic things to go along with the singing.”

Tiebout said roughly 200 showed for the event. It was a nice crowd and encompassed a wide range of ages. The event was important, Tiebout said, “because people need to know what the country is about.”

Tiebout said he, Lil, Ergenbright and Gail Hafner helped organize the program. “This is the first time we’ve had that event. We thought we ought to do something to portray the patriotism of this country. It went over so well we’re going to do it again next year,” he said.

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