Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center to honor vets

The Heritage Center will rededicate its Veterans Memorial Garden at the facility’s main entrance at 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

The program will include the USMC Color Guard from Delta Company, Combat Engineer Detachment in Knoxville; the national anthem sung by Bob Ergenbright; a medley of service hymns; and special remarks by Lt. Gen. Robert A. Tiebout, USMC Retired.

The invocation and benediction will be presented by Ken Abbott, former Navy chaplain and current pastor at Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church in Townsend. New this year is a presentation by Quilts of Valor representative Kate Myers and a display of armed services vehicles by the Knoxville Military Vehicle Club. Quilts of Valor are given to active service men and women, and to veterans in honor of their service to their country.

The Knoxville Military Vehicle Club was founded this year and is dedicated to preserving and operating military vehicles in order for the public to learn about the vehicles that serve our nation’s armed forces. Eras represented include World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

This is the fourth year for the re-dedication of the memorial garden and a salute to veterans - living or deceased - from all over this nation who have served, or serve, in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Spaces are still available on the native Tennessee rows and Tennessee white marble stones in the garden for veterans or family members who want to memorialize their friends or loved ones. Information on how to have a name placed on one of the stones will be available the day of the event, or by calling 865-448-0044.

There is no charge for the program. Cookies and punch, provided by members of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Guild, will be served after the program.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Center’s covered amphitheater.

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